UAM Herbarium (ALA), Cryptogam Colle…

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UAM Herbarium (ALA), Cryptogam Collection (Arctos)

Description

The Herbarium (ALA) at the University of Alaska Museum is the major regional herbarium in Alaska and part of a network of similar collections with an interest in the origin and evolution of the circumpolar flora. ALA contains more than 235,000 specimens of vascular and non-vascular plants. Data for the Vascular Plant and Cryptogam collections are managed separately in Arctos. Most lichen collections in the ALA date from the early post WWII period, after the Alcan (now Alaska Highway) was completed, including specimens from John Thomson’s first of two Alaska expeditions in 1958 on the Arctic Slope as well as his 1967 expedition along the Alaska Highway. The contributions of three other people, H. Persson and W. C. Steere (bryophytes) and H. Krog (lichens), further strengthened the foundation for ALA’s cryptogamic collections. Barbara Murray’s collecting started in the 1970s just after the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay on the arctic coast of Alaska. Use of helicopters became frequent and as a result Murray has collected large number of specimens at over 250 Alaskan localities. The ALA cryptogamic collection has recently been supported by two NSF grants (NSF- 1023407: Toward Documenting Biodiversity Change in Arctic Lichens: Databasing the Principal Collections, Establishing a Baseline, and Developing a Virtual Flora (with University of Wisconsin) and NSF NSF-1115056: TCN Collaborative Research: North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change) to help with digitization of specimen data and taking care of large backlogs of specimens. The majority of the cryptogam collections are from Alaska, while numerous collections are also from Russia, Fennoscandia, Canada and the lower 48 United States.

Temporal coverages

Living time period: 1940 to present

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Administrative contact
Steffi Ickert-Bond
Curator of the Herbarium (ALA)
University of Alaska Museum 907 Yukon Drive 99775-6960 Fairbanks AK United States (907) 474-6277
Metadata author
Steffi Ickert-Bond
Curator of the Herbarium (ALA)
University of Alaska Museum 907 Yukon Drive 99775-6960 Fairbanks AK United States (907) 474-6277
Originator
Steffi Ickert-Bond
Curator of the Herbarium (ALA)
University of Alaska Museum 907 Yukon Drive 99775-6960 Fairbanks AK United States (907) 474-6277

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University of Alaska Museum of the North

Publication Date

Nov 19, 2014

Registration Date

Apr 30, 2013

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Taxonomic Coverage

Lecanoromycetes, Sphagnopsida, Ascomycetes, Bryopsida, Hepatopsida, Andreaeopsida, Marchantiopsida, Basidiomycetes

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The UAM Herbarium (ALA) Cryptogam Collection is global, with strongest holdings from Alaska. There is also good representation from Russia, Fennoscandia, Canad… more

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The UAM Herbarium (ALA) Cryptogam Collection is global, with strongest holdings from Alaska. There is also good representation from Russia, Fennoscandia, Canada, and the lower 48 United States.

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Associated parties

Point of contact
Alan Batten
Research Associate, Herbarium
University of Alaska Museum 907 Yukon Drive 99775-6960 Fairbanks AK United States (907) 474-7109
Point of contact
Jordan Metzgar
Collection Manager, Herbarium
University of Alaska Museum 907 Yukon Drive 99775-6960 Fairbanks AK United States (907) 474-7109
Point of contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum