University courses taught by Herbaria curators and staff
Bio 1B: General biology (plant and fungal diversity section)
Dr. Bruce Baldwin
- IB/ESPM 105C: Natural History Museums and Biodiversity Science
- Dr. Brent Mishler
(which other BNHM directors and curators). A seminar course covering
biodiversity collections management, conservation and digitization, and collections-based research.
The course includes an individual project within a given museum, with
project opportunities in the Herbaria.
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
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/PMB C107: Principles of Plant Morphology
- IB/PMB C110: Biology of Fungi
- Dr. John Taylor
For more information on registration, class schedules, etc., see the UC Berkeley
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 (email@example.com) or Dr. Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Graduate student training
information about admission to the
Department of Integrative Biology, contact the IB Graduate Affairs Office at email@example.com or see
Berkeley Student page.
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
As part of the consortium called the Berkeley Natural History Museums,
the Herbaria help to present lecture series designed for the general
The Herbaria also sponsor scientific meetings from time to time. Past
Current status of the phylogeny of the charophyte green algae and the
embryophytes Held at the University of California, Berkeley, June
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