SERNEC EVENTS AT UPCOMING ASB MEETING
The Association of Southeastern Biologists is meeting in Athens, GA April 4-7. At this meeting SERNEC will host a business meeting/luncheon (April 5) to pursue the formation of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Herbarium Curators. This will help us maintain continuity of effort as we come to the end of the NSF RCN support of SERNEC. We will also host a workshop on April 7 that will address several herbarium management issues, including information regarding the NSF ADBC Program, the new iDigBio HUB, use of Specify, use of crowdsourcing to parse label data, development of a Southeast Symbiota instance, and fundraising. We will also get some updates of ongoing efforts in the region. We do have limited funds to offset costs of travel and registration. See the ASB meeting website (http://www.sebiologists.org/meetings.html) for more details. Please contact Zack Murrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
BIOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS LIST (3-22-2011)
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Introduction to SERNEC
What is a Herbarium?
A herbarium is traditionally known as a collection of plant specimens used for teaching and research. Herbaria are important for preserving species data, for historical distribution information, and for comparative reference information. There are nearly 222 herbaria in the Southeast United States, and each one has its own particular scope and focus. Together, these herbaria house an almost complete representation of regional plant information.
What is SERNEC?
SERNEC is an organization devoted to making the resources of these nearly 222 regional Herbaria of the Southeast available online, in concurrence with developing global standards, so that all available data can then be studied regionally or globally as one virtual, researchable collection. SERNEC will improve access to specimen data of a richly biodiverse ecological environment, and provide a platform for herbarium curators and plant scientists to exchange ideas, share expertise, and benefit from the value of information shared across institutions.
Where are the SERNEC herbaria?
Click on the map below to find SERNEC member herbaria.
Current Number of Participating Herbaria = 125
Ca. 56% of the known Herbaria in the Southeast!
SERNEC is funded by a RCN Grant from the
National Science Foundation