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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.

Public workshops | University courses | Undergraduate student training | Graduate student training | Postdoctoral training | Seminars and Symposia

Public workshops

In 1994, the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium began a program to provide educational opportunities for a broad audience of professional and amateur botanists.

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.

A complete listing of our public classes and registration information

University courses taught by members of the Herbaria staff

Bio 1B: General biology (plant and fungal diversity section)
Dr. Bruce Baldwin
IB 158: Tropical biology and geology
Dr. Brent Mishler (with Dr. J. Lipps and others). An intensive field research class in tropical biology and geology meeting every day of the week for a few weeks on campus, then moving to the UC Berkeley Gump Research Station on Moorea in French Polynesia for over two months.
IB 165: Molecular evolution
Dr. Brent Mishler (with Dr. M. Slatkin)
IB 200A: Principles of Phylogenetics: Systematics
Dr. Brent Mishler (with Dr. D. Lindberg). A general and rigorous introduction to theory and method of building phylogenetic trees, with a laboratory component on numerical methods. The course focuses on general principles in systematics, rather than on specific taxonomic groups.
IB 200B: Principles of Phylogenetics: Ecology and Evolution
Dr. Brent Mishler (with Dr. D. Lindberg). This course focuses on the use of phylogenies to answer ecological and evolutionary questions (e.g., behavior, development, functional morphology, populational genetics, conservation, biogeogeography, and speciation), with a laboratory component on numerical methods.
IB 168: Systematics of vascular plants
Dr. Bruce Baldwin . An introduction to the evolution and classification of vascular plants, including plant families worldwide.
IB 102: California flora
Dr. Dean Kelch An introduction to the general biology and morphology of the seed plants in the lab and field.
Plant Biology 110: Biology of fungi
Dr. John Taylor
IB 261: Botanical nomenclature
Dr. J. Strother. Taught at irregular intervals.
IB 210L: Pteridology
Dr. A. Smith.

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 ( or Dr. Baldwin (

Graduate student training

For information about admission to the Department of Integrative Biology, contact the IB Graduate Affairs Office at or see the UC Berkeley Student page.

Postdoctoral 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

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

SF Bay Area Site Stewardship Fair and Evening Talk, "Biodiversity and Stewardship: Our Common Responsibility" by Dr. Peter Raven, April 21, 1998