Emory Herbarium to contribute to new cancer study

Emory Herbarium to receive $1,720 for contributions to a newly funded cancer research pilot project on plant natural products.

Collections manager, Dr. Samarakoon, will be responsible for authentication and taxonomical identification of newly collected plant specimens that will be be used in anti-cancer drug discovery studies. Read more about the project here: http://etnobotanica.us/archives/1564

#melanoma #botany #iamabotanist #naturalhistory

Emory’s Herbarium Collection now Online!

We are so excited to announce that Emory’s growing digitized collection of herbarium records is now available for search and view functions via the SERNEC portal! To view specimen data and images, visit the SERNEC portal, click “search collections” in the task bar, deselect all boxes and then check the box by Emory University, and press the “next” button. We currently have more than 6,000 of our specimens available for viewing, and this number continues to grow each week. Let us know what you think!

Help us save our rare plants collection!

Dear friends of the Emory University Herbarium:

We have some exciting things happening at the Emory University Herbarium! Our mission is to serve as a botanical research and educational resource for the Emory University and global community. We aim to foster understanding of the human-nature interface by collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting botanical specimens and ethnobotanical objects. To meet these aims, we have engaged in several interesting projects this Spring:

  • Our plant specimens are currently featured in the special exhibit: “Shakespeare’s Natural Worlds” at Woodruff Library on the second floor. See pictures of the exhibit and read more about it in the Emory News!
  • Our students collected more than 170 new species to add to the Emory Herbarium collection during an alternative spring break trip to south Florida. Read about their experience in the field in a series of blog posts on the Destination Health EU blog!
  • We have launched our fundraiser to save our rare plant Granite Rock Outcrop Collection on Emory’s crowdfunding platform: Momentum!

I’m writing because we need your help to raise both funds and awareness about our  rare plant Granite Rock Outcrop Collection project. We are currently funded only via philanthropic donations and must raise the necessary funds to make our conservation efforts for these rare plant samples a success. Here’s how you can contribute to these efforts:

  • Donate to the project. Every donation, both large and small, can make a real and meaningful impact on our work! This is where our most immediate and urgent need is today.
  • Spread news about the project. We need to get the word out! Please share this link with friends and your social media outlets: http://bit.ly/1WVGXCM
  • Volunteer at the herbarium. We have one PhD botanist on staff to serve as the collections manager, but the rest of our work is performed by volunteers! We work with both students and members from the community in these efforts.

Thanks for your help and commitment to botanical research and education!

For the people and the plants,

Dr. Cassandra Quave

Curator, Emory Herbarium

Emory Herbarium specimens featured in Shakespeare exhibit

We’re so excited to be involved in the Shakespeare at Emory events! The Emory Herbarium has some of its special specimens on display at Woodruff Library in the display: “Plants are Set before Us: Shakespeare’s Natural Worlds”.

The exhibit explores how plants play a vital role in Shakespeare’s works, both as physical devices and as symbols. This exhibit cites references from a variety of scenes and includes specimens from the Emory University Herbarium. It is on view in Woodruff Library Level 2, in the alcove near the library service desk.

Read this piece from Emory News to find out more! http://news.emory.edu/…/03/er_shakespeare_at_em…/campus.html

Support the Emory Herbarium on #GivingTuesday

Looking for a cause to support on ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬? Please consider a donation to the Emory University Herbarium. Funds will be used to support student research projects and efforts to revitalize our collection of more than 20,000 plant specimens.

Donations can be made through the secure Emory website and are tax-deductible.

Welcoming our new Collections Manager!

IMG_1617We are excited to welcome Dr. Tharanga Samarakoon to the Emory Herbarium (GEO)! Dr. Samarakoon will begin her work as the new Collections Manager at GEO this month. She comes to us from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she completed her doctoral research on the phylogenetic relationships of the tropical family Samydaceae (former Flacourtiaceae) and the preparation of a monograph of the genus Casearia in south-central Asia. She also brings years of experience in work on southeastern flora from her time spent with the University of Southern Mississippi Herbarium.