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Educational Programs and Activities
The world's biodiversity is currently at great risk, and those few centers of research excellence in systematics that are also associated with first-class university education programs have an especially important role to play. Because of its unusual combination of attributes, with large herbaria and botanical garden as well as a number of supporting laboratories located within a major research university, UC Berkeley can make a unique contribution within California (and indeed the western United States) to these educational challenges.
The Jepson Herbarium's educational program continues to grow as we add additional workshops and classes. The program serves as a liaison between the scientific community and the interested public. We remain dedicated to that role.
University courses taught by members of the Herbaria staff
For more information on registration, class schedules, etc., see the UC Berkeley Student page.
Undergraduate student training
A variety of studies are possible. Martha Burford worked with Dr. Brent Mishler on herbarium techniques and the flora of Moorea in French Polynesia; Sandy Wu and Philip Kwok worked with Dr. Mishler in the lab on molecular systematics of mosses. Undergraduate students majoring in Integrative Biology, Plant & Microbial Biology, and other areas of biology have worked with Dr. Baldwin and members of his lab on diverse studies in plant systematics and floristics. If you are interested in undergraduate research, contact Dr. Mishler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Baldwin (email@example.com).
Graduate student training
Seminars and Symposia
The staff of the Herbaria participate with graduate students in several discussion groups in Integrative Biology and the other museums, and consult frequently with a number of systematics graduate students across the university. We host a weekly Botany Lunch series in the herbaria, an informal brown-bag series in our lunchroom open to everybody, but especially the various botanical labs and groups on campus. It has worked out well to bring colleagues together from different departments and into intellectual contact with the graduate students. To be added to the electronic mailing list for Botany Lunch notices, contact Andrew Doran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the consortium called the Berkeley Natural History Museums, the Herbaria help to present lecture series designed for the general public.
The Herbaria also sponsor scientific meetings from time to time. Past events include:
Current status of the phylogeny of the charophyte green algae and the embryophytes Held at the University of California, Berkeley, June 24-28, 1995
Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge, Endangered Environments An Interdisciplinary Working Conference held at the University of California at Berkeley, October 25-27, 1996