Due to my commitment as Curator of the herbarium, I am currently taking on only Master's students in floristics. A graduate with this training and field experience will gain the appropriate background for a resident plant biologist position at governmental agencies, as well as taxonomic training to continue for a Ph.D. in phylogenetics.
Required for students in my program:
Herbarium work — training via Directed Studies credits (PBIO 8040) and/or Natural History Collections Management (PBIO 6260) for at least two semesters. Familiarity with museum techniques and protocols. Teaching — assistantships for at least one year in our general biology/botany and plant taxonomy courses. Essential preparation for an academic career and/or presentations of scientific data in the private or public arena. Contract survey trips — participation in several herbarium inventories. General field experience and exposure to procedures for contract survey work, including data assessment and report preparation.