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Silva Center for Phycological Documentation
The Center for Phycological Documentation was established in 2004 with a generous endowment gift from Paul C. Silva.
The primary mission of the Center is to develop, maintain, and promulgate documentation in the field of algal systematics. The Center also facilitates marine algae research conducted at UC.
In 2011, the University Herbarium was awarded a major grant from the National Science Foundation to image, database, geo-reference, and curate seaweed specimens. Targeted species are all marine macroalgae (seaweeds) that are known to grow in California, Oregon, or Washington, wherever in the world they occur. Once the work is completed, the digitized specimen records will complement UC's existing on-line resources, forming a seaweed information interchange of authoritative, up-to-date data. Combined, this resource will contain the latest information on identification, taxonomy, distribution, ecology, relationships, and diversity of the Pacific Coast marine flora.