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

65th Annual Missouri Botanical Garden Symposium – Biota of North America: what we know, what we don’t know and what we’re losing

I am so excited and honored to be one of the featured speakers at the 65th Annual Missouri Botanical Garden Symposium.  This year the symposium’s theme is Biota of North America: what we know, what we don’t know and what we are loosing.  It is a great line-up of invited speakers.  The symposium will be…
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Micronesia Field Work

Ph.D. student Else Demeulenaere is completing some more field work this week in the Marianas.  She started out with sampling the last remaining Serianthes nelsonii population on Guam last Thursday (one mother tree and a few saplings).  Now she is off to the island of Rota, the second southernmost island in the Mariana Archipelago, and…
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Beware Carnivorous Plants

We had a great showing at the open house Halloween event today at the UA Museum.  Fun to see the kids build a venus flytrap out of styrofoam balls while being captivated by a close-up video of a venus flytrap in action.  Our life-size recreation of Elizabite really drew the kids in and scared a few of…
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Biogeographic importance of the Bering land bridge from the Cretaceous to the Neogene

by Jun Wen, Ze-Long Nie and Stefanie M. Ickert-Bond DOI: 10.1111/jse.12222

And you, whose pastime is to make midnight mushrooms…

The Herbarium hosted another successful iNaturalist event as part of our Plants and Fungi of Alaska project. Mycologist Dr. Gary Laursen led 56 mushroom enthusiasts on a mushroom hike on the ski trails at the UAF campus.  Folks went into the woods and hunted for mushrooms (parasitic, saprophytic and mycorrhizal). What a spectacular sight it was when…
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Else visiting several prominent European herbaria to sample Serianthes

Ph.D. student Else Demeulenaere is getting a great start at assembling samples for her Serianthes dissertation work. Tuesday she went to Leiden, the Netherlands, to work at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center. It contains one of largest herbaria in the world with some 5.5 million specimens merging the major university herbaria of Leiden, Utrecht and Wageningen. Else…
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Botanizing in the Madrean Sky Islands of Arizona

Spend a few days collecting in Southeastern Arizona exploring the northwestern face of the Santa Rita Mountains – Madera Canyon. The Santa Rita Mountains is one of the Madrean Sky Islands in Arizona. These sky islands are one of the most diverse inland archipelagos formed by the confluence of two mountainous spines of North America: 1)…
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Shawnee Gowan at MSU – Crustose lichen ID 101

M.S. student Shawnee Gowan is spending a week at the Michigan State University Herbarium (MSC) working with Dr. Alan Friday on crustose lichen ID.  The MSU collections are first class and total nearly 110,000 accessioned lichen specimens from many regions of the world, including excellent specimens Dr. Henry A. Imshaug made from nunataks in the Juneau ice…
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Ethnobotany videos

Check out the ethnobotany video series that documentary filmmaker Sarah Betcher has put together. Watch the whole series: https://youtu.be/DyUssKc2TLQ?list=PLvQuX2bn3pWiK99U3bwOq1l1I6kA8w9jr Funded by NSF grant #1546438 to Steffi Ickert-Bond (PI) and Sarah Betcher (Co-PI). https://www.uaf.edu/museum/collections/herb/ethnobotany/