Category: ALA herbarium outreach

Ickert-Bond Lab: systematics meets ecology, paleontology, and genomics

Lichen walk

Former student Celia Hampton Miller, co-author of the upcoming Compendium of Alaska Lichens led a group of ~ 20 participants on a lichen walk on the ski trails at UAF. Celia has studied lichen taxonomy at the University of Alaska Herbarium and the University of Graz, Austria. She currently works as a botanist for the…
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Anderson School visit – from the field to the cabinet

Five students visited the University of Alaska Museum of the North Herbarium Wednesday from Anderson school to process their specimens and learn about the herbarium, how to mount plants and explore the herbarium. Anderson is a small rural school in the Denali School District with a total of 27 students in grades K-12. The students…
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Charles Edwin Bessie Teaching Award from the Botanical Society of America

Honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Charles Edwin Bessie Teaching Award by the Botanical Society of America. The award was given at the recent joint annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America/ American Society of Plant Taxonomists/ International Association of Plant Taxonomy in Anchorage last week. This award recognizes individuals…
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Sunset over Fairbanks

AKDatUM – we are holding our first workshop – 20/21 Jan. 2022

We are a network of educators, researchers, and data managers working to improve educational outcomes by providing STEM undergraduates and instructors with access to environmental data about the changing North, to build ecological knowledge, quantitative literacy, and engagement through inquiry. AKDaTUM is a RCN-UBE Incubator funded by NSF Award # 2120710. Our first workshop will be…
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Sunrise near Denali NP

Systematic Botany – BIOL331 – Delivered asynchronously again this semester

Due to COVID restriction BIOL331 Systematic Botany will be offered as an online option again this year at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Are you interested in learning about the Flora of Alaska as well as getting familiar with some unique approaches to delivering a systematic botany course online, this might be the one for…
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A brief history of pumpkin carving and other botanical tidbits

The annual UA Museum Halloween open house is “closed” this year. Access to the downstairs collections is not granted due to COVID-19. So we were tasked to get creative and produce short videos on our collections and their connection to Halloween. While the theme of this year’s Halloween event is bones, we opted to rather…
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Impressive dissertation defense

I am excited to share the recording of the public defense by our Ph.D. student Else Demeulenaere last Wednesday. It was a gang buster event with 115 zoom attendants, representing many different communities, kinds of disciplinary expertise, leadership roles, geographies and time zones. Else is part of a joint Ph.D. program with the University of…
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Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Else Demeulenaere – 13 Oct. 2021

So excited to announce the Ph.D. dissertation defense by my student Else Demeulenaere. Please join us at her PhD defense October 13, 2021, 3:30 PM Alaska time! Please email Else Demeulenaere for Zoom Access: Her work at the intersection of biogeography, ethnoecology, social justice and activism is centered around the Indo-Pacific mimosoid plant genus…
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Fadang and Fanihi: Endangered Species with Cultural Significance

Congrats to my PhD student Else  Demeulenaere. Her recent paper in Pacific Asia Inquiry entitled Recollections of fadang and Fanihi: The Taste and Smell of CHamoru Bygone Foods and the Challenge of Endangered Island Species is gainging some traction and has been featured in a number of media outlets. The paper discusses two endemic species…
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Manuscript entitled ‘A target enrichment probe set for resolving the flagellate plant tree of life’ available on bioRxiv

Exciting news, the GoFlag group submitted an exciting paper on their probe set to resolve the flagellate plant tree of life.  Only one representative sample of each of the three genera of Gnetales included, but the approach resolves relationships well across the flagellate tree of life, but also within genera, stay tuned for more from…
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