GardenNews.biz - Jan 31,2017 - NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN - What in the World is a Herbarium?
March 4–October 29, 2017
Explore the Work of NYBG Scientists
With more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the second largest herbarium in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. This special exhibition in the Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.
SYMPOSIUM—Entwined: Plants, Exploration, and Our Future - 173BOT802
Exploration has been at the core of the Garden's mission since its founding—and is more urgent now than ever in the face of global environmental change. This symposium focuses on the vital role exploration plays in understanding the entwined relationships of plants to the well-being of humans and ecosystems, and the challenges for sustaining those relationships over time.
For the Garden's scientists, exploration takes place at all scales and in all places—from discovering genes for drought resistance in the lab, to identifying threatened species in the rain forest, to documenting vanishing traditional medicinal plant knowledge—empowering us to understand plants in whole new ways, both today and tomorrow.
Moderated by Dr. Barbara M. Thiers, Entwined will feature presentations by Garden scientists who work in locations as near as New York City and as far-flung as the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
SPEAKERS AND TOPICS:
Barbara M. Thiers, Ph.D., Moderator
Patricia K. Holmgren Director, William and Lynda Steere Herbarium
How a Garden Grows a Herbarium
A herbarium, as with all scientific and cultural collections, is meant to be a record of past and present, which is used to better understand our world and how it changes over time. Herbaria acquire specimens at a faster rate than most other scientific and cultural collections, which requires an intense level of organization and management, and a bold institutional vision and commitment. Over the past 125 years, The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium has grown steadily in size and breadth, and owes its preeminence to careful stewardship by The New York Botanical Garden, and to the quality and relevance of the scientific research the collection documents.
Barbara Ambrose, Ph.D.
Associate Curator of Plant Genomics
Building Beauty: Exploring the Genomic Landscape of Plant Biodiversity
Plant exploration occurs at many levels and can lead to the discovery of new species to the discovery of new genes. In plant genomics we are discovering the genes that underlie plant diversity particularly those that are important for building leaves, flowers and fruits. These structures come in a myriad of forms, however, we are discovering what the common genes or building blocks are for each of these structures as well as how the diversity of their form may be generated.
James Lendemer, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator, Institute of Systematic Botany
Cryptogams: The Next Frontier for Biodiversity Discovery and Conservation