Research Symposium & Celebration

Thanks to our generous supporters and dedicated volunteers, the Emory University Herbarium has successfully digitized over 20,000 herbarium specimens, the oldest of which dating back to 1872! View the full Scientific Program HEREThis event is free and open to the public!

Join us in celebrating this milestone!

  • When: Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Herbarium Tours: 9-11:30 AM 1462 building, room 102
  • Research Symposium: 2:00-5:30 PM in PAIS 290
  • Poster Session & Celebration: 6:00-9:00 PM in the Cox Hall Ballroom

Parking: The closest visitor parking deck is located at the Peavine Lot.

We have an exciting lineup of speakers and posters for this event!

9:00-11:30 AM – Open Tours of the Emory University Herbarium; Location: 1462 Building, Room 102 (Old Dental School Bldg)


2:00-2:10 PM            Welcome and Opening Remarks Cassandra Quave, PhD. Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Human Health, Curator of Emory Herbarium

2:10-2:30 PM            Herbarium: Live Plants or Dead Plants? Tharamangala Samarakoon, PhD. Collections Manager of the Emory Herbarium, Center for the Study of Human Health

2:30-2:50 PM            Botanicals in Integrative Oncology Omer Kucuk, MD. Professor of Hematology-Oncology and Urology

2:50-3:10 PM            Thinking, Dwelling, Planting.  Dried Gardens and Natural Philosophy in 16th-Century Europe María M. Carrión, PhD. Professor, Departments of Comparative Literature and Religion

3:10-3:30 PM            Monarch butterflies use medicinal plants to treat parasite infections Jaap de Roode, PhD. Associate Professor of Biology

3:30-3:50 PM            Using Ethnobotany and Pharmacognosy for Novel Drug Discovery James T. Lyles, PhD. Associate Academic Scientist, Quave Research Group, CSHH

3:50-4:10 PM            Transcriptional Regulation in Plant Genomes Roger Deal, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Emory University

4:10-4:30 PM           Theriomorphic (Plant-Human) Beings in Ancient American Art Rebecca R. Stone, PhD. Professor, Department of Art History, Emory University

4:30-4:50 PM           ‘Fresh and Fragrant Flowers’: Emory’s Herbarium and Shakespeare Sheila T. Cavanagh, PhD. Professor of English

4:50-5:10 PM            Pollination and Plant Reproduction in Diverse Plant-Pollinator Communities Berry Brosi, PhD. Winship Distinguished Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences

5:10-5:30                  Conservation of Imperiled Plants across the Southeastern United States – How Botanical Gardens Can Guide in Situ and Ex Situ Efforts   Emily E.D. Coffey, PhD. Vice President of Conservation and Research, Atlanta Botanical Garden


6:00-6:30 PM            Welcome and Opening Remarks. President Sterk, Emory University. Recognition of Herbarium Volunteers. Presentation of Herbaria Art to Emory University Leadership

6:30- 8:00 PM           Poster Session

8:30 PM                     Raffle Ticket Drawings

9:00 PM                     Closing Remarks  Cassandra Quave, PhD

Examples of items for raffle include botanical artwork, herbarium t-shirts, special seed collections, gardening tools, and etc. All proceeds will be deposited in the giving account during the event to support student research in the botanical sciences with the Herbarium collection at Emory University. 

More details coming soon! We hope to see you there!