Emory Herbarium Selected to Participate in Collections Assessment for Preservation Program

Emory herbarium announces that it is one of 75 institutions in the United States selected to participate in the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. 

CAP helps museums improve the care of their collections by providing support for a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. The museum will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preventive conservation priorities. The final assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

The CAP program is administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We’re excited to begin this important work!

New Job Opportunity at Emory Biology Dept.: Greenhouse Manager

Visit the Emory Career website for more info. The full job post is available HERE.

Greenhouse Manager

831000:ECAS: Biology


Job Description


  • Manages the cultivation of plants in a controlled environment in order to grow vegetables and herbs, ornamental plants or flowers to be used for research.
  • Supervises plant-breeding and cross-hybridization, plant nutrition and protection, pest and disease control, harvesting and the maintenance of systems controlling the greenhouse environment, such as HVAC, irrigation and maintaining the chemical tank.
  • Supervises and trains staff, controls inventory of seeds and plants, creates progress reports, and ensures compliance with environmental and safety regulations.
  • Maintains general housekeeping and safety, and may also create budgets, and meet with research personnel.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

A bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant sciences, or agriculture, and two years of experience in greenhouse management, OR an Associate’s degree in greenhouse management or the related fields of technical agricultural or floriculture, and three years of greenhouse experience, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

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.