Five Lessons for Life from Working on the Horniman’s Historical Herbarium | NatSCA. Written by Imogen Crarer during a student placement at the Horniman Museum and Gardens early last year. Imogen recently graduated from King’s College, London with an MA in Modern History with Distinction and is currently training as a curator at the Museum of Cornish Life. You may think that I have taken slight leave of my senses or perhaps am being a pinch too ambitious in claiming that the Horniman’s historical botany collection is the source of 5 significant life lessons.
However, “Yes! To science and history but also yes to life!” Life Lesson Number 1: Often, the Simple or Basic Tasks are the Most Important. Everything starts somewhere. Having never previously been catalogued, the data from the handwritten labels on these specimens needed entering into the Horniman’s Collections Management System, Mimsy XG. The collections management database used by the Horniman Museum; Mimsy XG. © Horniman Museum and Gardens. Life Lesson Number 2: Little Things can Tell us a Great Deal. Like this: Do you think a career in horticultural engineering could be for you? Are you interested in machinery and engines and want to learn more? We’re delighted to be able to offer an engineering apprenticeship opportunity @RHSBridgewater – closes 11th March! The First School Gardens. School gardens are a national phenomenon, but they were also a major part of U.S. culture from the 1890s to the 1920s. The plots weren’t just about flowers, fruits, and vegetables, either.
Environmental historian Brian Trelstad unearths the history of “school gardens in hundreds of cities and manufacturing towns in the first two decades of the twentieth century.” The school gardens were part and parcel of the reformist Progressive era, designed to teach children about nature, to green the industrial city, to Americanize immigrants, and to instill the ethics of hard work and patriotism. They also aimed to grow vegetables and flowers, for sale and domestic consumption. Trelstad points out that these communal gardens stemmed from the Nature-Study Movement, a “group of [late nineteenth-century] educators who sought to make learning more interesting through use of nature in the classroom.” World War I fueled Victory Garden grants, and this first school garden phase culminated in a “U.S. Connecting Students to Citizen Science and Curated Collections. Herbarium Specimen Label Tutorial. Bay Nature: Why I'm Starting a College Natural History Program in 2018.
When I started the Ph.D. program in Environmental Science, Policy & Management at UC Berkeley 12 years ago, I knew two things for sure: I loved islands, and I loved insects. But I was in love with the wrong things. To make it in the rarefied atmosphere of research academia, I had to be driven by mechanistic questions, not places or organisms. A passion for the beautiful colors of butterflies or the verdant landscape of a tropical forest is quaint and nice and all, but in the eyes of my professor mentors, the gatekeepers of funding and peer review, a line of inquiry based on the “what” or “where” versus the “why” was just not rigorous enough. In my case, I had read a line in a government report about some unusual looking insects in the remote Austral Islands of French Polynesia and how they appeared to represent “undescribed species,” and I knew right then that my dissertation would be about discovering and describing them.
“That’s great, Brad, but what is your question?” Kim Walker sur Twitter : "Reminds me about the Herbarium that children created from local flora as part of the Dutch curriculum until mid century. I think we should bring this back! I saw these beautiful school books @Naturalis_Sci… Navigating Nature, Culture and Education in Contemporary Botanic Gardens - Environment and Learning. Tiki figures Kula Botanic Garden, Maui HI If you are interested in environmental education or informal learning environments, such as botanic gardens, I invite you to read the essay Navigating Nature, Culture and Education in Contemporary Botanic Gardens in Environmental Education Research by Dawn L.
Sanders, Amy E. Ryken and Katherine Stewart. Increasingly, humans are an urban species prone to ‘plant blindness.’ Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Contributions to this collection of articles focused on learning in botanic gardens include:Beauty in the Foreground, Science Behind the Scenes: Families’ Views of Science Learning in a Botanic Garden Naomi Haywood explores the question, what are families’ views of Kew Gardens as a setting for family science learning? Youths’ Navigations of Botanical Gardens: Bids for Recognition, Ways to Desettle Practice Jrène Rahm explores how urban youth of colour in the Botanic Garden of Montreal create space to engage with nature.
Amy E. Using ALA in the classroom – Classification – Atlas of Living Australia. Natural History Collections: Teaching about Biodiversity Across Time, Space, and Digital Platforms | Chris Martine. Nature Is Risky. That’s Why Students Need It. 12 January 2018. Linnean Learning videos | News | The Society | The Linnean Society. On the 28th of November the Linnean Learning Video Series Launch event celebrated the beginning of their release which will extend until the 1st of March. Each week the society will release one new video on the Society's YouTube channel.
The video series explores the fascinating world of Carl Linnaeus, taxonomy and whole organism biology. The stories, specimens and objects, shared in these 13 videos, are entirely unique to The Linnean Society of London. The first in this series, Life Underground, explores the collections in a pseudo-noir style, playing with the idea of biologists as sleuths in the natural world.
Each video delves into mysterious stories about Linnaeus’s specimens, housed within the vault below London’s streets. We have rang in the New Year with series two, Clever Collections, which uses objects from the Society’s collections as starting points for understanding the modern scientific method. Carl Linnaeus’s Herbarium Cabinet. My Classroom: Herbarium. iDigBio delivers digital collections of natural specimens. iDigBio and Education. ADBC Educational Resources The Portal: Search through millions of records from natural history collections from around the world. New to the iDigBio Portal? Watch a video tutorial created by Teresa Mayfield Download a written tutorial on how to search for a species Visit the Portal's Learning Center to find more resources Find modules and lesson plans related to natural history collections for: iDigBio has several article series published through the iDigBio Spotlight e-newsletter highlighting biodiversity, natural history collections, and new research.
Subscribe to the newsletter or check out the archives for: Biodiversity Spotlights: Get more background on some of the organisms found in the portal by reading the monthly Biodiversity Spotlight. More Resources from ADBC EPICC: Virtual Field Experiences allow you to explore fossil-rich field sites just like a scientist would. FIC and Cretaceous World: has the educational portal iDigPaleo.
Actively Engaging Student Visitors to Herbaria. Education and Outreach Schenk, John , Mowbray, Rachel , Evans, Colleen , Glaze, Amanda . Actively Engaging Student Visitors to Herbaria. Not only are herbaria the foundation of botanical science, they are often the first, or even the only, access point students and visitors have to plant sciences. Maximizing learning outcomes is therefore consequential to providing our visitors with an understanding of what herbaria do, their importance in society, and how they will continue to play a critical role in answering scientific questions in the future.
Given the vast set of collections that they hold, herbaria are rich in materials that can be used to engage visitors. Related Links:GSU Herbarium webpageGAS Herbarium webpage Keywords:teachingScience educationPedagogyActive LearningDiscovery learningherbariumOutreach. Presentation Type: Poster Number: Abstract ID:208Candidate for Awards:None. Herb Madness 2018. Learning and engagement through natural history museums: Studies in Science Education: Vol 0, No 0. Education and Outreach Webinar Series: Serri Graslie. Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education: Creating the Resources and Growing the Community.
Resources for botanists from BSBI. Reflecting on a year in outreach – Plant Fascination, STEM clubs, 3MT and IASUK | Tropical Palaeoecology Research Group. I’ve found science fascinating for a great many years, and one of the things I enjoy most in life is helping others to catch some of that fascination for themselves. It’s a big part of the reason why I became a teacher before I started my PhD, and I’m so glad that science communication and outreach opportunities have continued to appear since then – after all, research shows it’s good for you, and for others. In this post, I want to reflect on some of the outreach fun I’ve had in the last year, and maybe encourage you to have a go too! Fascination of Plants Day 2017 – the event that kicked it all off… It all started with the Fascination of Plants day in May 2017. Maca had helped run the event with great success in 2015, and she kindly put me in touch with Jonathan Mitchley and Alastair Culham from the School of Biological Sciences for the sequel.
Maja’s chilli plant, grown from seeds planted in an ORSA outreach session in June 2017 (Photo courtesy Maja/Mr Lyford) Taxonomy 2028 Challenge: Greater engagement with the public and end users of taxonomy - noto|biotica. Taxonomy is a field that celebrates the immense diversity of life and allows for effective communication across not only scientific disciplines related to biology, but also for a whole range of other fields and industries that are crucial to our society (e.g. medicine, biosecurity, horticulture etc.).
Its central role across these disciplines often goes unnoticed and in many cases underappreciated (e.g. Garnett & Christidis 2017). The level of success that we hope to achieve from our decadal plan (and indeed also with all subsequent plans after it) will invariably depend on the support of not only the systematic and scientific community, but also the larger community as a whole. Therefore, I propose that: By 2028 we will achieve greaterawareness, appreciation, and engagement from the wider public about the role and importance of taxonomy and systematics. Resources to achieve this will include: 1) Awareness: Example Q: Are you familiar with the fields of taxonomy and systematics?
Figure 1. Webinar: Broadening Participation to Juveniles in Detention and Those Recently Released. Arctic science education using public museum collections from the University of Alaska Museum: an evolving and expanding landscape - Arctic Science. Katherine L. Anderson,a Ute Kaden,b Patrick S. Druckenmiller,a Sarah Fowell,c Mark A. Spangler,d Falk Huettmann,d Stefanie M. Ickert-Bonde aUniversity of Alaska Museum and Department of Geosciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 907 Yukon Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960, USA bSchool of Education, Secondary Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Box 756480, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6480, USA cDepartment of Geosciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 900 Yukon Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775-5780, USA d-EWHALE lab-, Institute of Arctic Biology, Biology and Wildlife Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA eHerbarium (ALA), University of Alaska Museum and Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 907 Yukon Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960, USA.
Botany Depot – Educational inspiration and free teaching resources in botany. Maria Alves: Seed Artist Germinates History. 3D models of plant anatomy from 19th century. Bioinformatics competencies ref 2017. University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) Herbarium Management Course Syllabus. Beyond the Bean Seed. Reading Sarah McGrath’s May 1834 Herbarium: Botanical Study at Science Hill Female Academy - Field Book Project. Jessica C. Linker, University of Connecticut I began my professional work – exploring women’s historical relationship to scientific practice – through a quirk of geography; I grew up in the same town as Almira Lincoln Phelps, the famous nineteenth-century botanist, and have spent the last decade chasing her across time and space in order to sate my curiosity. What circumstances had permitted her to become a scientist? Who had taught and encouraged her? McGrath created her herbarium while attending Science Hill Female Academy, a female boarding school located in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
It is difficult to reconstruct the classroom experience in the absence of explicit commentary, but McGrath’s May 1834 herbarium reveals much about how botany was taught at Science Hill. The recorded classes and orders indicate that McGrath identified her plants using the older, Linnaean taxonomic hierarchies. In addition to taxonomy, students were taught how to preserve their specimens. ASPB Partner, Wiki Edu, offers new handbook for writing species articles | Plant Science Today.
The species guide is a great resource for current and future courses recruited through our American Society of Plant Biology partnership. These guides were drafted with help from various WikiProjects, experienced editors, and instructors, as well as our Wikipedia Content Expert in the Sciences, Ian Ramjohn. The species brochure was a wonderful collaborative effort with various WikiProjects and experienced Wikipedians SchreiberBike, Shyamal, Plantdrew, MontanaBW, ClemRutter, and Parkywiki.
Special thanks to Dr. Ye Li at the University of Michigan and WikiProject Chemistry members for their feedback on the chemistry brochure. The two guides join our existing suite of materials for specific subjects. You can see the full list of resources here. The bulk of this post was written by Eryk Salvaggio on December 3, 2015. Journal | Natural History Network. Protocols in Ecological Plant Physiology.
Brown U Herbarium: Student use. In the Brown University Herbarium, the digitization of tens of thousands of plants preserved over two centuries has opened the door to studies that span space, time and the diversity of nature. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Behind a zigzagging glass wall that faces into the main floor hallway of Brown’s BioMed Center, junior Dan Davis spent a recent Friday morning bringing precious treasures of natural history into the digital age. At the Brown University Herbarium, Davis — a dual concentrator in biology and music — has scanned thousands of pressed and dried plant samples into the facility’s rapidly growing public archive.
He places each sample in a brightly lit box that in another existence might house items being photographed for sale on eBay. The samples date back as far as the 1820s. “You’re handling plants that existed during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and prior to the Civil War,” he said. Davis is not alone in such reflections. A fertile ground for science. Herbarium now open to students, public – The Campus Eye.
Tucked in the Cambridge library is a variety of…herbs? Photographs of herbarium samples by Cassandra Fiskewold hover mouse over image for descriptions of samples The Russell Johnson herbarium is housed at the Cambridge campus library. The herbarium is a plant reference collection. Students can learn about botanical classification, plant relationships, plant preservation, storage techniques and shelving models. The herbarium is a collection of pressed and dried plant specimens. Specimens continue to be added to the collections The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Russell Johnson Herbarium has been a labor of love for the Cambridge Campus Biology Department and students and the public are invited to visit or organize a tour.
For years, Biology Faculty members Brad Wold and Phil Anderson envisioned an herbarium, but were unable to work such a project into their teaching schedules. Currently the herbarium has a database of 460 entries, many of which have several specimens. Hands on the Herbarium! – UGA Costa Rica Blog. William A. Haber arrived in Monteverde in July of 1973 with a doctoral thesis in mind. Initially studying glass-winged butterflies and their hostplants, he did not immediately expect to curate some of the most crucial insect and plant collections in the history of the region. His goal within the botanical community was to create one of the most thorough Costa Rican plant collections. His success produced four duplicate copies of this particular collection: One at the Missouri Botanical Garden, two currently at the National Museum of Costa Rica, and one now with us, inherited from Haber himself in 2009.
If Haber didn’t donate his personal collection to us, we wouldn’t have the extensive herbarium that we have today. With a plant collection that is double the age of UGACR, it is crucial for us to maintain and improve his legacy. The collection that can be seen in the herbarium is currently a closet full of dry plant samples organized in old 80’s newspaper clips and manila folders. Dr. Biodiversity Literacy in Undergrad Ed. Teach bio div nat hist coll: ref 2017. Walking and talking the tree of life: Why and how to teach about biodiversity. Undergraduates and the BHL. K-12 Material | iDigBio. French Botanical Network. Australia: Greater engagement with the public and end users of taxonomy. How you can use online herbaria to learn about plants. Primary School Herbarium Project launched | Know Our Plants. Children & Nature Network (C&NN)
Make Your Own Herbarium Identification Book. Make Your Own Herbarium. Herbarium Project For Children. Herbarium Project for Children by Aseem Chawda. Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape. Mnemonics an Effective Tool for Adults Learning Plant ID. Has Botany got its poster boy? - AoB Blog. Where have all the Botany degree Schemes gone? Save field biology skills from extinction risk. Upcoming game uses genetic science to create alien gardens - Kill Screen. Citizen Science and Climate Change: Mapping the Range Expansions of Native and Exotic Plants with the Mobile App Leafsnap | BioScience.
Manual: The Naming of Plants – explanations and examples, by Lena Struwe – Botany Depot.