Herbarium curators have discovered a remarkable 150 year old plant specimen while preparing for a public open house to celebrate the life of our founder, Increase Lapham.
Using the collections endowment fund established by Ethel and Oscar Allen, WIS has acquired a rare and valuable collection of ca. 60,000 lichen specimens from German lichenologist, Klaus Kalb.
One of the greatest threats to the health of North America’s Great Lakes is invasion by exotic species, several of which already have had catastrophic impacts on property values, the fisheries, shipping, and tourism industries, and continue to threaten the survival of native species and wetland ecosystems.
The Wisconsin State Herbarium will be open to the public from 6-8pm on October 23, 2014 for tours of its collection and to host Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes, who will share stories and insights from their new book about Wisconsin’s pioneer citizen scientist: Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham.
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists awarded Dr. Ken Cameron, Professor of Botany and Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Society’s 2014 Peter Raven Award.