Join us for a presentation and tour of the University of Michigan Herbarium hosted by Aly Baumgartner, applied paleobotanist and vascular plants collection manager. The collections consist of 1.7 million irreplaceable specimens of vascular plants, algae, bryophytes, fungi, and lichens originating from places and habitats that are now prohibitively expensive or dangerous to visit or that have been drastically altered by human activity. They include representatives of extinct species and populations, providing a portion of the only record available for studying effects of environmental change on the distribution, appearances, and genetic features of the world’s plants and fungi. Please know that an herbarium houses dried, pressed plants, so there will be no live plants there. The tour will be informal and participants are highly encouraged to bring curiosity and questions!
Due to the nature of the space, we will be limiting the tour to 30 people and to WAS members only. If there is space available the week prior to the event, we will open them to non-members.
Directions: Registered attendees will meet at University of Michigan Research Museums Center at 3600 Varsity Drive. Map