Barbara M. Thiers
As Patricia K. Holmgren Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, Dr. Thiers is responsible for overseeing the Garden's 7.3 million collections of algae, bryophytes, fungi and vascular plants and the approximately 30 staff members who manage these collections. The Steere Herbarium is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and among the four largest in the world. She has been involved in the development of the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance, a nationwide initiative to digitize all biodiversity collections housed in U.S. institutions. Her studies have taken her to Australia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
For Entwined, she will present:
How a Garden Grows a Herbarium
A herbarium, as with all scientific and cultural collections, is meant to be a record of past and present, which is used to better understand our world and how it changes over time. Herbaria acquire specimens at a faster rate than most other scientific and cultural collections, which requires an intense level of organization and management, and a bold institutional vision and commitment. Over the past 125 years, The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium has grown steadily in size and breadth, and owes its preeminence to careful stewardship by The New York Botanical Garden, and to the quality and relevance of the scientific research the collection documents.
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Exploration has been at the core of the Garden's mission since its founding—and is more urgent now than ever in the face of global environmental change. This symposium focuses on the vital role exploration plays in understanding the entwined relationships of plants to the well-being of humans more...