Systematics Section / ASPT
Lohr, Donna , Geesey, Jenny , Dunn, Michael T .
Adoption of Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Herbarium into the Cameron University Herbarium.
The Cameron University Herbarium (CAMU) was opened in the 1960s as a regional repository for the flora of southwestern Oklahoma. It currently consists of approximately 7500 specimens, and is in the process of adopting the herbarium of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR). The WMWR herbarium consists of approximately 2000 specimens collected between 1907 and 1970. This collection represents one of the few records of the vegetation of the WMWR and serves as a valuable benchmark for recording change in the vegetation over time. The management of the WMWR asked that the collection be moved to the herbarium of Cameron University where it will be protected, and made available to the scientific community, the general public, as well as refuge scientists and technicians. By sending the collection out as a permanent loan to an established herbarium, the WMWR will maintain ownership of the collection and can still be assured that the collection will be safely preserved. Because of the scientific, cultural, and economic impacts of the WMWR on southwestern Oklahoma, this project will have a broad impact on the general public by protecting part of the vanishing natural heritage for citizens of southwest Oklahoma and the public at large. The adoption process includes annotation of each specimen, updating taxonomy, confirming data, and specimen repair if necessary. In addition, each specimen will be entered into the Specify database and stored in color coded family folders.
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1 - Cameron University, Department of Biological Sciences, 2800 W Gore Blvd, Lawton, OK, 73505, USA
2 - Cameron University, Department of Biological Sciences, Science Complex, Lawton, Oklahoma, 73505, USA
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM