Joseph F. Rock Herbarium

Joseph F. Rock Herbarium Founded in 1908, the Joseph F. Rock Herbarium (HAW) serves the official university repository for dried plant specimens.

The fellowships, which are well established and prestigious, provide opportunities for individuals who have completed th...
03/11/2016
Fellowships at CCSD

The fellowships, which are well established and prestigious, provide opportunities for individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree and have achieved a certain level of professional development to carry out meaningful work in a first-class plant science and conservation institution.

CCSD takes great pride in its extremely successful training/practice fellowships at the Missouri Botanical Garden, a program that has grown significantly in scope over the years.

03/10/2016

Botany 2016 - Sunday, July 31st. 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor: Pamela Soltis

Free Workshop!: Using Digitized Herbarium Data in Research: A Crash Course

Emerging cyber infrastructure and new data sources provide unparalleled opportunities for mobilizing and integrating massive amounts of information from organismal biology, ecology, genetics, climatology, and other disciplines. Key among these data sources is the rapidly growing volume of digitized specimen records from natural history collections. With over 50 million specimen records available online to date, an ever-increasing number, these data provide excellent information on species distributions, changes in distributions over time, phenology, morphology, and more. Particularly powerful is the integration of phylogenies with specimen data, enabling analyses of phylogenetic diversity in a spatio-temporal context, the evolution of niche space, and more. Beyond testing a priori hypotheses, such data-driven synthetic analyses may generate unexpected patterns, yielding new hypotheses for further study. Ongoing efforts to link and analyze diverse data are yielding new platforms for comparative analyses of biodiversity data. However, the inundation of data and methods can be overwhelming. In this full-day workshop, we will provide hands-on instruction on ways to access and download digitized herbarium data (from GBIF, iDigBio, and other aggregators) and prepare data sets for analysis.We will then offer a series of modules on using georeferencing software (GEOLocate), applying Maxent software to construct ecological niche models and do paleoclimatic modeling, linking specimen data to phylogenetic trees, computing phylogenetic diversity measures, reproducible science, and more. In addition to learning how to use various software packages, we will also discuss the assumptions of the analyses and the interpretations of the results. We will divide into groups based on participants’ experience, so novices and advanced users are all welcome. The workshop is free, and lunch is included; sponsored by iDigBio (www.idigbio.org).

Keywords: digitized herbarium data, biodiversity, informatics, research applications, global change
Web Links: iDigBio Homepage and Data Portal (http://www.idigbio.org)

UH Manoa has received a Level I accreditation from ArbNet that acknowledges the university for its high standards of pro...
03/09/2016
UH Mānoa campus an accredited arboretum

UH Manoa has received a Level I accreditation from ArbNet that acknowledges the university for its high standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens.

With more than 4,000 trees, UH Mānoa joins the ranks of ArbNet accredited arboretums.

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02/07/2016
Click here to support #OhiaLove Help Save Hawai'i Forests by Marian Chau

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The Problem A newly identified disease called Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD) has killed hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa trees on Hawaiʻi Island and affected 34,000 acres. When healthy-looking trees begin to exhibit symptoms, they typically die within a matter of weeks. This fungal disease has no known...

Hunting Through the Weird and Wonderful at the Economic Botany Collection, Kew
01/20/2016
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Hunting Through the Weird and Wonderful at the Economic Botany Collection, Kew Walking into the Economic Botany Collection stores at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the first thing you notice is how chilly it is. Curator Mark Nesbitt does warn visitors to dress up warm – should you ever get the chan…

Announcing the publication of Remarkable Plants of Vanuatu /Plantes Remarquables du Vanuatu
01/08/2016
Remarkable Plants of VanuatuPlantes Remarquables du Vanuatu

Announcing the publication of Remarkable Plants of Vanuatu /Plantes Remarquables du Vanuatu

Remarkable Plants of Vanuatu/Plantes Remarquables du Vanuatu This guide to the remarkable flora of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu aims to raise awareness of Vanuatu's plant diversity and the conservation issues facing it. The 236 plants included were selected for their outstanding or spe…

The National Herbarium at the Honiara Botanical Garden will be relocated next year. This was confirmed by the National H...
10/22/2015
Solomon Islands National Herbarium to be relocated - Solomon Star

The National Herbarium at the Honiara Botanical Garden will be relocated next year. This was confirmed by the National Herbarium Chief Forestry officer, Julia Amaea,who said a new site for relocation had already been identified.
She said the reason for relocating the national herbarium is because the current site at the botanical garden behind Rove Prison Service is vulnerable to flooding during heavy rain. She cited April last year’s flooding as example when the entire herbarium building was flooded under water from a nearby by stream. Amaea said the new herbarium building will be built at a new site in the upper ridges of Lengakiki,West Honiara. She said construction of the new herbarium building is expected to start next month, adding the new building will accommodate laboratories for scientific testing of plant samples.

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09/18/2015
Biologists parse evolutionary ‘arms race’ between insects, predators and plants | The University...

Biologists parse evolutionary ‘arms race’ between insects, predators and plants | The University...

Biologists parse evolutionary ‘arms race’ between insects, predators and plants Tue, 09/15/2015 LAWRENCE — Many scientists believe the very same dynamics that have shaped conflict between nations since the early 20th century also may govern how species evolve on Earth. “The term ‘arms race’ originat…

Most of you have heard by now about the new fungal disease that is killing ohia on Hawaii Island. Please see the attache...
08/17/2015
Hawai'i Forestry Extension: 'Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death | Ceratocystis Wilt of ʻŌhiʻa

Most of you have heard by now about the new fungal disease that is killing ohia on Hawaii Island. Please see the attached for more info, and visit www.ohiawilt.org for much more. Researchers are working to learn more about this disease that is currently known only to E Hawaii.

Dr. J. B. Friday CTAHR | University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Extension Service 875 Komohana Street Hilo, HI 96720 Telephone: (808) 969-8254 Fax: (808) 981-5211 Email: [email protected]

What’s in a name? A mass of analysis
01/22/2015
What’s in a name? A mass of analysis

What’s in a name? A mass of analysis

An average of 2,000 new species of flowering plants, are described and named by taxonomists each year, says Peter Wilkie

As you may have heard, Kew is facing ongoing cuts to its funding which are expected to lead to the loss of another 125 j...
04/15/2014
Globally important conservation and science under threat at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew due to UK...

As you may have heard, Kew is facing ongoing cuts to its funding which are expected to lead to the loss of another 125 jobs over the next 6 months (about 20% of our total staff numbers). We have already lost 25 posts in the last year. Kew staff are campaigning to try and raise awareness of the funding cuts and the impact that these will have on our scientific, horticultural and conservation activities, not to mention our training courses and capacity building.

Globally important conservation and science under threat at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew due to government cuts - £5M deficit will lead to loss of over...

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04/14/2014

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