Digitizing the Brown University Herbarium

The Brown University Herbarium is part of a regional effort to digitize all specimens from herbaria across New England. This project is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation (Digitization TCN: Mobilizing New England Vascular Plant Specimen Data to Track Environmental Change). Once complete, data for around 1.3 million specimens will be available online from herbaria across New England. Users will be able to see collection information and view high resolution images of specimens from all over the region. At Brown, undergraduate students are involved in all aspects of the project  and have digitized more than 20,000 specimens over the past year.

Undergraduates Sam Wickham ('14) and Miranda Norlin ('17) are part of the digitization teamUndergraduates Sam Wickham ('14) and Miranda Norlin ('17) are part of the digitization team 














Undergraduate herbarium assistants


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

Once complete, the data can be used to investigate many ecological questions relavent to New England. Some examples include the effects of climate change on phenological events and the influence of shifting land use on species' distributions. Click here to search the online database. Select all participating herbaria or just Brown University and then click "Next" to enter your search terms.

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