Digitizing the Brown University Herbarium


The Brown University Herbarium is part of the Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria, a large-scale effort to digitize all specimens from across the northeastern part of the US and eastern Canada. This project is made possible in part with funding from the National Science Foundation (Digitization TCN: Mobilizing New England Vascular Plant Specimen Data to Track Environmental Change). Currently, data for around 1.3 million specimens are available online from herbaria across the region. Users can see collection information and view high resolution images of specimens. The data can be used to investigate many ecological questions including the effects on climate change on phenological events, the influence of land use on species distributions, and the spread of invasive species. Click here to access the online Portal. At Brown, undergraduate students are involved in all aspects of the project and have digitized more than 56,000 specimens over the past three years.

Undergraduate herbarium assistants who have contributed to the digitizing project in the Brown University Herbarium:

  • Miranda Norlan
  • Sam Wickham
  • Dylan Spangle
  • Erin Carpa
  • Izzie Castner
  • Annie Sholar
  • Jenna Andrews
  • Elodie Freymann
  • Regan Lichtenberg
  • Jacob Goldberg
  • Ada Bersoza Hernandez
  • Sophie Duncan
  • Lance Gloss
  • Sofie Rudin
  • Jorge Martinez
  • Anisha Rathod
  • Sedik Mohammad
  • Heather Huminski
  • Asante Crews
  • Anne Savaria-Watson
  • Camila Guillama Capella
  • Andrew Pisaturo
  • Tom Merchant
  • Jacob Douglas
  • Hannah Van
  • Daniel Davis
  • Melissa Lopez
  • Hayley Uno


Miranda Norlin ('17) and Sam Wickham ('14) digitizing specimens in the Brown University HerbariumMiranda Norlin ('17) and Sam Wickham ('14) digitizing specimens in the Brown University Herbarium


Click here to download a poster that summarizes the digitizing activities at Brown's herbarium

Carex rostrata from Providence, collected in 1947Carex rostrata from Providence, collected in 1947