1998 – 2005
Paul E. Berry, specialist in Croton, Euphorbia and Fuchsia, serves as Director of Herbarium and Associate Professor of Botany. Dr. Berry obtains external funding to address the problem of space, upgrade the physical facilities, and improve the efficiency of research and services.
Checklist of the Vascular Flora of Wisconsin is published in hardcopy and on the World Wide Web.
MAD collections transfered to WIS from Forest Products Laboratory, USDA, and compactorization of these collections through NSF facilities improvement grant.
Wisconsin Botanical Information System debuts, allowing for management of specimen data over the Internet.
Herbarium Library relocated and compactorized with assistance from UW Libraries.
2005 – 2008
Kenneth J. Sytsma, Acting Director of Herbarium and Professor of Botany.
2008 – Present
Kenneth M. Cameron, Orchidaceae specialist, hired from the New York Botanical Garden to become Director of the Herbarium and Professor of Botany.
WIS receives gift of A. C. Merryman Herbarium, comprising 396 specimens from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Maine, and Massachusetts.
WIS digitizes its entire Type collection with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and JSTOR.
First annual Hugh H. Iltis Lecture and Botany Field Excursion, sponsored by WIS. Retired lichenologists Dr. Jim Bennett (USGS) and Tom Nash III (AZ State Univ) join the Herbarium.
Herbarium of Carthage College, Kenosha WI, comprising approximately 13,000 vascular plant specimens from the eastern U. S., mainly Illinois and Wisconsin, is transferred to WIS. Partnership with Univ of Alaksa and NSF launched to digitize Arctic & Subarctic lichens.
Theodore Cochrane, Senior Academic Curator, retires after 42 years of service (Dec). Historic Collection of Ribes specimens transferred from WI Dept of Agriculture to WIS. Herbarium becomes engaged in two national ‘Thematic Collections Networks’ supported by NSF: Tritrophic TCN and Lichen/Bryophyte TCN.
Biology Library vacates Birge Hall allowing WIS to take possession of 3,000 sq ft of additional space located directly below the main floor. Transition to Specify Database complete. Dr. Mary Ann Feist joins the herbarium staff as Senior Academic Curator. Hugh H. Iltis Biodiversity Fund established.
Significant collection of ca. 50,000 lichen specimens purchased from Prof. Klaus Kalb’s in Germany through financial support of the Ethel and Oscar Allen Memorial Herbarium Fund. New WIS website and Specify Web Portal launched (March). WIS leads new $2.5M NSF effort to digitize non-indigenous fish, mollusks, algae, and plants of the Great Lakes.