Emory Herbarium to celebrate growing collection
The Emory University Herbarium, which began as a campus resource in 1949, is blossoming into a distinctive botanical collection with a global reach, thanks to the support of donors and the work of dedicated volunteers, many of them students.
On Friday, Sept. 21, the Herbarium is hosting a Research Symposium & Celebration to mark a major milestone — the digitization of more than 20,000 plant specimens, the oldest of which dates back to 1872.
“The Herbarium is a window into the natural world and a valuable resource for research and education across disciplines,” says Cassandra Quave, curator of the Herbarium and an assistant professor in the Emory School of Medicine and the Center for the Study of Human Health. “Now, through digitization, people from across the world can access this resource.” Dr. Quave is also a faculty member in the MMG and MSP programs.