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Herbarium Techniques Course offered by Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. August 20-31, 2012

February 25, 2012

Herbarium Techniques Course
Offered by Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
August 20–31, 2012

This two-week seminar is a collaboration between Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden and drawing much of its content from the Kew International Diploma Course in Herbarium Techniques, the course will also include input from SPECIFY and the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and benefit from a visit to The New York Botanical Garden.

Course details
With their wide-ranging collections of preserved plant specimens, well-curated herbaria represent a vital resource for plant diversity research, enabling the accurate identification and classification of plant materials that underpin any other botanical studies or conservation activities.

Recognizing the key position that good curation plays in the ability of any herbarium to function at its fullest potential, we will be reviewing techniques employed and investigate possibilities to enhance our work, consider international standards and local practices, and investigate ideas to promote our collections to the wider audience beyond the scientific community.

Course venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Fee: $600
The fee covers the cost of tuition, course notes, daily coffee breaks, a reception, and organized field trips. It does not include accommodation, subsistence, or transport to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Free accommodations may be available to participants who inquire. A reduced rate of $219 per night for course participants is available at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. A list of area B&B’s is also available.

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2012

Who is the course designed for?
This course provides an ideal opportunity for herbarium managers, curators, or technicians to gain or review skills and experience that will enable them to develop and make use of their own herbaria. Candidates should be well motivated, have a genuine and practical interest in herbarium management, and preferably be employed by a recognized institution.

Participants from the United States and Canada are welcome to apply. There are no restrictions or formal qualifications, but English proficiency is essential including some knowledge of the appropriate technical terms.

Participants completing the course will receive a certificate of attendance.
Number of participants: 20

Course Content

Herbarium Management
Collections management
Purpose and arrangement of herbaria
Ancillary collections
Preventative conservation and pest management
Good and bad practice
Managing visitors to the herbarium
Engaging with the public
Incorporation of specimens into the herbarium
Implementing a new revision
Duplicates and loans
Data repatriation and exchange
Dissection and removal of parts
Essential literature and online resources
An example of a Plant Family Identification presentation (Fabaceae)

Plant Collection and Preservation
Equipment for field trips
How and what to collect
Different collecting techniques and drying procedures
Collecting special taxa
Collecting for ancillary disciplines
Data and labels

The Herbarium and Conservation
Introduction to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
IUCN Red Listing Permits

Tours and Fieldtrips
Tour of Brooklyn Botanic Garden herbarium (BKL)
Field trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens
Tour of The New York Botanical Garden herbarium (NY)

Complete details, application form and contact information may be found on our webpage at: