Video

Tour the Harvard University Herbaria

Gary Junken, Produced by Susan Jensen Smith

Wouldn’t you enjoy a personal tour of the Harvard University Herbaria? While it’s not open to the public, we were thrilled to be able to meet with Charles Davis, Harvard Professor and Director of the Harvard University Herbaria.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us for his insightful tour!

First of all, what is a Herbaria, and why is it so important?

Simply put, a Herbaria is a collection of dried and preserved plant species – a great place to study plants in nature.

The Harvard University Herbaria is located on the grounds of Harvard, and contains over 5 million specimens in six collections:  plants, mosses, fungi, lichens, bryophytes, and algae.

The HUH was founded in 1842 by Asa Gray. He led the effort to catalog and inventory North American flora, which included expeditions to the western U.S.  He quickly grew the collection through a combination of field expeditions and collaboration with other regions world-wide.

Why collect and study specimens?

We learn much by studying the specimens in a Herbaria, for example:

  • Where plants grow and how they change over time
  • Impact of human development on plants
  • When plants flower and/or fruit
  • Documents a plant’s life history

In this Video Charles will share several specimens, how they are dried and stored, and what we can learn from these specimens.

At the end of the video, Charles references that specimens can be searched online. Here’s the link.

View Comments

Comments

  1. User avater
    SaraGeller 10/19/2020

    Great video!

  2. MaryGrey 10/19/2020

    Exciting video! I like to collect herbarium, and I'd like to have, such as in the video. I'm a biologist, and like everything concerning plants, I've even done some researches on this theme. Sometimes I need help, so I go to https://edubirdie.com/essay-writing-help-online and get the necessary information. I like that I can find essay writing assistance online at any time and in any place.

  3. janecky 05/11/2021

    In recent years the computing sector has made a major leap forward in this industry. However, the engineering staff are still very strong in the minds of most people. Machine design, architecture, construction and technology are major engineering topics and have been a top choice for many foreign students https://meiguodaixie.com/gong-cheng-zuo-ye-dai-xie/ . However, engineering major majors cannot be mastered easily. In the future, it would be difficult to monitor the development of the lecture, provided that a vast amount of nuanced technical information and close-related educational contents does not lay a firm basis for any portion of the contents. Most students then claim their engineering supervisors.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Related Articles

The Latest

Video

View All