Mario Machado, a biology student from Brazil, is doing an internship with CCBER collections this summer. Mario is creating a digital catalog for the vascular plant teaching collection that will be used for the course Flora and Vegetation of California (EEMB/ENVS 103A), offered in Spring 2015.
Sam Fisher and Sophia Alcaraz, two high school students from San Diego, visited CCBER from July 14 to July 16. The two students are conducting a study on the California Kingsnake, which is currently a problem in the Canary Islands.
The IMLS-funded project to image and database CCBER's California plant specimens has completed month 9! Three staff members, one adjunct faculty member, and four student interns have been working feverishly since November to curate, correct nomenclature, image and database as many specimens as possible before the project ends on September 30. After having made one complete pass through the cabinets of mounted specimens, we have imaged and databased specimens of over 30,000 plants from California, our top priority.
Fun was had by all on June 6 at the 10th annual CCBER BBQ held to thank the interns who have participated in restoration, research, education and collection management this past year. Over 40 students joined staff for an excellent meal grilled to perfection by Ryan Lippitt and sous chef Alex Tremblay. Yummy salads, sides, desserts and beverages accompanied the main dish.
Three of Katherine Esau's students met at CCBER to reminisce about their graduate years with Dr. Esau. Ray Evert (PhD UC Davis 1958), Clyde Calvin (PhD UC Davis 1966) and Jennifer Thorsch (PhD UC Santa Barbara) met in early March to tour CCBER and the extensive Katherine Esau and Vernon Cheadle plant anatomy slide collection.
The Cheadle Center is featured in the latest newsletter of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). CCBER's 24,500 newly databased records of amphibians, birds and mammals are now searchable through the GBIF data portal, thanks to the hard work of the VertNet staff who provided our records. GBIF "provides a single point of access ...
We are happy to announce that CCBER’s vertebrate collections are now completely digitized. This achievement is the result of the focused efforts of Curatorial Assistant Mireia Beas-Moix and several UCSB student curatorial interns. Databasing the collections began in earnest in 2009 by several curatorial interns. After receiving an IMLS Museums for America grant in fall 2010, we were able to hire Beas-Moix who finished the cataloging and databasing of over 31,000 specimens ahead of schedule—an amazing feat, considering she was hired late in the 2-year grant period.
The effort to database all of our California specimens and upload them to the Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH) federated database continues in full swing with over 12,870 vascular plant records added to our in-house Specify database and CCH since 2011. Herbarium Assistant Veronica Ortega has worked part time for the past year and a half to enter the specimen label data. She was assisted by Environmental Studies major Lindsey Bennett who worked fall and winter quarters, and she is now working with Emily Helsley, an Environmental Studies student.
The UCSB Herbarium Publication series, started in 1981 and published by the Department of Biological Sciences, consists of six regional floras that include sites in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Mono counties. They have been digitally scanned and are now available online in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration was lucky to get in the BHL scanning queue, and now our Herbarium Publications, which have long been out of print, are online.
Heather Liu, Administrative Assistant, is leaving CCBER this March after her job comes to an end. Heather has worn many hats at CCBER since 2008, first as a student volunteer and research intern, then as Herbarium Assistant, and now as Administrative Assistant to Director Jennifer Thorsch.