UCSB Algae Herbarium is awarded!

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 16:21 -- Katja Seltmann

The UCSB Algae Herbarium is the largest collection of algae between UC Berkeley and San Diego. Greg Wahlert, the Shirley Tucker Curator of Biodiversity Collections and Botanical Research was awarded $111,847 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America program, to support a new Herbarium Technician to complete the digitization of the macroalgal collection. In addition, the UCSB Coastal Fund supported a major funding grant for field research on the diversity of macroalgae from Santa Rosa Island and the curation of the Seaweed collection. The Algae Herbarium contains approximately 8000 specimens starting with the collection by Charles L. Anderson and collaborators (1873-1889) which serves as the basis of the first published list of algae of California (Anderson 1891, 1893). The earliest specimens from the Santa Barbara region, collected by Lorenzo Yates (1902) and Donald Peattie in the 1930s and 1940s, are also part of the algal collection. CCBER's David Chapman and Jim Markham continue to contribute significantly to the collection. Jim Markham sits on the CCBER Director's Council and he is pictured here in the herbarium.

The phycological collection is an important resource for marine biodiversity and biogeography studies of the Pacific Rim region. The collections provide an excellent 125-year record of the marine flora of the Santa Barbara region and Channel Islands, and include a special collection restricted to Santa Cruz Island. The specimens and collection information are of particular importance because of the adjacency of this region to Point Conception, California, a major biogeographic boundary.
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 16:15