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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
PSMS Monthly Meeting
David Giblin - Burke Museum Fungal Collections: Past and Present Signficance, and Ideas for Their Future
Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Come early and bring any mushrooms you want identified!
The University of Washington Herbarium is the Burke Museum's botanical research collection. Founded in the late 19th Century, the Herbarium comprises five collections: macrofungi, lichenized fungi, vascular plants, nonvascular plants and marine algae. Of the Herbarium's 700,000 specimens, over 75,000 are macrofungi and nearly 32,000 are lichenized fungi. The Herbarium's fungal collections are an invaluable resource for professional, academic and amateur mycologists alike. In this presentation David will provide a brief history of the fungal collections, review the substantial efforts made over the past decade to enhance access to these collections and discuss ideas about the collections' future.
David Giblin has been Collections Manager of the UW Herbarium since 2002, where he oversees the plant, fungal and marine algae collections. His research interest is the vascular plant flora of the Pacific Northwest, where has led plant collecting trips from Washington to northern Nevada and eastward to Idaho and Montana. In the collections he has led efforts to database and image the collections and he led the creation of online resources such as the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria and the Plants and Fungi of Washington Image Gallery. He is lead editor for the Flora of the Pacific Northwest, 2nd edition, co-author of print wildflower guides to the Olympics, North Cascades and Mt. Rainier National Parks, project lead and contributor to the Washington Wildflower and Idaho Wildflower plant identification apps and editor and board member for the Flora of North America project.