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Systematics Section/ASPT

Thomas, Michael [1], Morden, Clifford [2], Lorence, David [3], James, Shelley [4].

The Consortium of Pacific Herbaria.

The Consortium of Pacific Herbaria (CPH) has been created to study and manage plant collections from the Polynesia-Micronesia hotspot region. The Polynesia-Micronesia Hotspot (PMH) is a center of biodiversity that harbors approximately 5,350 native vascular plant species. The CPH is a 3 year project based at UH MÄnoa's Joseph Rock Herbarium and includes new collaborations between more than a dozen herbaria in HawaiÊ»i, American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga, Palau, Guam, and Fiji. The network is a node of the US Virtual Herbarium and is seeking additional partners in the region. The major goals of the CPH include curating, databasing, and digitally imaging nearly one million herbaria specimens from creating a standardized plant checklist, and making collections data and digital images available online from a single Internet portal. Increased access to digital data for plants and algae of the Pacific Basin through the CPH are creating new opportunities for researchers and citizen scientists to discover and use collection data by species, location, and institution. The partnership is a milestone opportunity for regional herbaria collection managers and scientists to work together offering digital access to essential biological research collections. The project is developing an authoritative checklist of Latin and common plant names that will facilitate the research of biologists and work of land-use managers who monitor invasive and endangered species throughout the Pacific. Classes in herbarium curation are being offered to college students in Hawaii, and the project is offering employment opportunities to Pacific Islanders throughout the region. Plant identification workshops are being offered to professional biologists in the region, focusing on common plant groups (Ferns, Rubiaceae, Poaceae) that pose particular challenges for identifying Pacific species.

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Related Links:
Consortium of Pacific Herbaria
US Virtual Herbarium

1 - Joseph F. Rock Herbarium, Botany Dept. Univ. of Hawaii, 3190 Maile Way, Rm 101, Honolulu, HI, 96822, USA
2 - University of Hawaii, Department of Botany, 3190 Maile Way, HONOLULU, HI, 96822-2279, USA
3 - National Tropical Botanical Garden, Herbarium, 3530 Papalina Road, Kalaheo, HI, 96741, USA
4 - BISHOP MUSEUM, 1525 BERNICE ST, Honolulu, HI, 96817, USA

Pacific Biogeography
collection management.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Grand Salon A - D/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PSY005
Abstract ID:513
Candidate for Awards:None

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