The NEBC Vascular Plant Herbarium
The NEBC Herbarium contains over 253,000 collections from the six New England states, including historic collections by Merritt Fernald, Kate Furbish, James Watson Robbins, and William Oakes. Major objectives of the collection are to support scientific research on plant systematics and ecology by representing the diversity, historic and current distributions of taxa occurring spontaneously in New England. The herbarium also serves as a repository for voucher specimens documenting published systematic or ecological studies. Type specimen data and other records are included in the Harvard University Herbaria online databases.
The NEBC welcomes additions to the herbarium that support our mission. Detailed information on the acquisition policy is provided in the pdf file NEBC Vascular Herbarium Acquisition Policy. Collectors are urged to contact the Curator before submitting specimens.
Curator of Vascular Plants: Dr. Lisa A. Standley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant Curator of Vascular Plants: Walter Kittredge (email@example.com)
Associate Curator: Dr. Charles Davis
Visiting the Herbarium/Loans
The NEBC Herbarium is integrated with the vascular holdings of the Harvard University Herbaria. Specimens are filed by state and county. Club members are welcome to visit the HUH (see HUH webpage). While working in the combined NEBC/HUH New England collections, please take special care to keep the specimens and folders in exactly the order that you found them in and do not move or shuffle the barcode labels.
Visitors wishing to bring their own plant specimens into the herbarium for study purposes will need to submit their plant specimens at least 10 days prior to their planned visit in order that the material can be frozen.
All loans of specimens are handled through the Harvard University Herbaria, and are made to scientific institutions only. Please see the HUH website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a loan of vascular plant specimens from the NEBC herbarium.
Volunteers are needed to help process new acquisitions. Volunteer workdays are generally the same Friday as each scheduled Club meeting at Harvard, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please contact the Curator if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
NEBC is part of the New England Vascular Plant Thematic Collections Network
The New England Vascular Plant Thematic Collections Network is a collaborative effort of fifteen New England herbaria to create a digitized database of all New England vascular plants, funded by the NSF. The digital database of more than 1.3 million specimens will provide an incredibly valuable resource for the study of climate change and land-use history. For more information go to https://www.idigbio.org/content/thematic-collections-networks.