In partnership with the National Park Service, the University of Wyoming Libraries has begun digitizing vascular plant herbarium collections for selected National Parks. Specimen data and images are currently available for Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
The Digital Herbaria search interface provides access to specimen label data and high-resolution photographs for each vascular plant specimen in the park's collection. Label data includes pertinent information about the specimen such as the scientific name of the plant, the location and habitat where collected, the date of collection, the collector's name, and the collector's number.
A sample image for one specimen (Athyrium filix-femina) is shown at right. Click on the image to view a larger version.
Herbarium collections provide valuable information for research, education, and conservation. They document a park's flora and the changes that may occur over time. Some plants are known to occur in a park only because of these historical collections.
Funding for specimen imaging and development of the Digital Herbaria database and web site was provided by UW NPS and UW Libraries.
Coming soon: project history and development, including visits to GTNP to image specimens, data sources used to populate the database, data cleaning, images showing the camera setup, digitization process, screenshot of the database, and a PPT presentation of the imaging process.
Questions or comments? Contact Larry Schmidt, Associate Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 766-2844.