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:
Ada Bersoza Hernandez
Camila Guillama Capella
Click here to download a poster that summarizes the digitizing activities at Brown's herbarium