University and Jepson Herbaria
University of California
Berkeley, California 94720-2465
(510) 642-2465, 6433-0600
(510) 643-5390 (fax)
BORN: 25 April 1953, Boise, Idaho.
- Ph.D. (biology): 1983, City University of New York, (joint program with The New York
Botanical Garden). Major advisor: A. Cronquist. Dissertation topic: Revision of the Juncus
triformis complex, a group of dwarf rushes centered in California. Described 3 new taxa:
Juncus luciensis, J. tiehmii, and J. leiospermus var. ahartii.
- M.S. (botany): 1977, University of Maryland, College Park. Major advisor: J. Reveal.
Thesis: Revision of Oxytheca, an annual derivative of Eriogonum centered in southern
California. Described 2 new taxa: Oxytheca parishii var. goodmaniana and O. parishii var.
- B.S., summa cum laude (biology): 1975, [Albertson] College of Idaho, Caldwell. Major
advisor: P. Packard. Senior honors paper: Wetland plants of southwestern Idaho and adjacent
PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT:
- Curator of Western North American Flora, University Herbarium and Jepson Herbarium,
University of California at Berkeley, 1994--present. Conduct and coordinate research,
develop outreach programs, and build collections, focused on the flora of western North
- Administrative Curator (formerly Collections Manager), University Herbarium and Jepson
Herbarium, University of California at Berkeley. 1985--present. Responsible for overseeing
day-to-day operations of 1,800,000-specimen collection, planning for relocations and
expansions, hiring and supervising support staff, collecting for general exchange program, and
answering public service queries.
- Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences, 1987--present.
- 1982--85: Herbarium Curator, University of Texas at Austin. Curated 800,000-specimen
herbarium, including planning and overseeing move to new quarters, collecting and identifying
- 1984: Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of Texas at Austin. Taught 2 sections of a
course in evolution and ecology for non-majors.
- 1980: Contract supplier, USDA Economic Botany Laboratory. Funded summer field work by
collecting plants for anti-cancer screening.
- 1978--82: Graduate Herbarium Fellow, New York Botanical Garden. Included training in
various curatorial tasks; collecting and identifying specimens for Intermountain Flora.
- 1975--78: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Botany, University of Maryland at College
Park. Lab sections of plant taxonomy, general botany.
- 1975--76: Biological Aide, Big Game Range Inventory Project, Idaho Fish & Game Dept.,
Region 3. Plant survey of Bennett Hills and southeastern Idaho.
- 1974: Biological Aide, NSF-funded study of Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho.
Provided plant list of study area.
- 1974: Park Technician, Lucky Peak Reservoir, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Boise, Idaho.
- 1972--73: Biological Aide Trainee, Northwest Watershed Research Center, Bureau of Land
Management. Identified plants from Reynolds Creek Watershed, Owyhee Co., Idaho.
- 1972: Provided plant list for EIS of Stuart Gulch in Boise foothills at proposed Army Corps
of Engineers dam site.
- 1971--72: Work-study student, College of Idaho herbarium.
- 1994--present: editorial panel, Jepson Flora project (one of 6 editors). Special interest in
web-based options, including "Jepson Clearinghouse" for updates affecting the California flora
(prototype at http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/jltemp.html) and interfaces with other on-line floristic
- 1998: family reviewer of Juncaceae for Flora of North America North of Mexico.
- 1993--present: regional reviewer for Flora of North America North of Mexico.
- 1983--present: reviewer for papers in Brittonia, Great Basin Naturalist, Madroño, Novon,
Phytologia, Sida, and Systematic Botany.
- 1985--89: Board of Editors, Madroño (journal of California Botanical Society).
- 1981--82: Collaborator, Index to American Botanical Literature, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club.
- 1980--82. Student editor, Brittonia.
American Institute of Biological Sciences; American Society of Plant Taxonomists;
Biosystematists (Membership secretary, 1986--1994); Botanical Society of America; California
Academy of Sciences; California Botanical Society (Editorial Board, Madroño, 1985--89; Council
Member, 1987--89; Corresponding Secretary, 1989--1992; President, 1992--1993; Past
President, 1993--94); California Native Plant Society (chair of Rare Plant Scientific Advisory
Committee, 1994--present; East Bay Chapter program chair, 1994--1996; East Bay Chapter
member-at-large, 1996--1998; East Bay Chapter vice president, 1999; East Bay Chapter president
2000--2001); California Exotic Pest Plants Council; Idaho Academy of Sciences; Idaho
Entomological Group; Idaho Native Plant Society; Interagency Botanists (academic liaison);
International Association of Plant Taxonomists; International Organization of Plant
Biosystematists; Native Plant Society of Oregon; Northern Nevada Native Plant Society; Sigma Xi;
The Nature Conservancy.
- Floristics, biogeography, and evolution of western United States flora (esp. California and
Idaho); island biogeographical principles illustrated by elevational and edaphic "islands";
development of electronic alternatives to printed floras, capitalizing on web technology and
incorporating electronic publication. Current projects: East Bay flora, including update of Mt.
Diablo Flora; Tehama Co., CA; western Salmon River Mts., ID; Bennett Hills, ID.
- Systematics, evolution, phylogeny, and conservation of Potentilleae (Rosaceae), with special
expertise in Ivesia, Horkelia, Horkeliella, and western United States Potentilla. Current
projects: treatments of Potentilleae for Arizona, Rocky Mountains, and Flora of North
America; reviewer for Potentilla for Flora of China project; a re-evaluation of sect.
Subviscosae, with new taxa from Mexico and their relevance to the evolution of Ivesia; native
Rosa in California and adjacent states.
- Systematics, evolution, and conservation of Juncus subg. Graminifolii, with special expertise
in the J. triformis complex; scanning electron microscopy of seed coats as a significant
character; taxonomy of California Juncaceae. Current projects: involvement in a worldwide
monograph of Juncaceae for Species Plantarum.
- Systematics, evolution, and conservation of the Eriogonoideae (Polygonaceae), with special
expertise in Oxytheca and Chorizanthe.
- History of botany, primarily in western North America; special expertise on Katherine
Brandegee and Carl A. Purpus. Current projects: early history of California resident botanists;
development of website (http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/Purpus/index.html) [with T. Schweich],
incorporating focused on Purpus's years in western North America, incorporating translations
from German of Purpus's published articles, photographs of collecting localities,
transcriptions of letters, lists of Purpus's types and collecting localities [by A. Tiehm]; special
study of Purpus's Colorado collections (1893-94) at Field Museum [with R. Beidleman].
- Development and sociology of systematics, including the fundamentals of taxonomy as
science, floristic models and taxonomic hypotheses, relevance to conservation and land
management; gender-related issues.
1976. Reestablishment of Stenogonum Nutt. (Polygonaceae). Great Basin Nat. 36:
272--280. (with J. Reveal)
1976. Goodmania (Polygonaceae), a new genus from California. Brittonia 28: 427-429.
(with J. Reveal)
1977. A new species of Ivesia (Rosaceae) from southeastern Oregon. Madroño 24:
224--227. (with J. Reveal).
1979. A new species of Artemisia (Asteraceae: Anthemidae) from southeastern Oregon.
Brittonia 31: 454-458. (with J. Grimes)
1980. The genus Nemacaulis Nutt. (Polygonaceae). Madroño 27:101-109. (with J. Reveal)
1980. Noteworthy collections. Madroño 27: 141-143. (with J. Reveal)
1980. A revision of the genus Oxytheca Nutt. (Polygonaceae). Brittonia 32: 70--102.
[based on Master's thesis]
1981. Notes on Goodmania and Oxytheca (Polygonaceae: Eriogonoideae). Brittonia 33:
1981. [abstract] Adaptations of the Juncus triformis group to the Californian Mediterranean
climate. XIII International Botanical Congress, Sydney, Australia, Abstracts: p. 134.
1981. Chromosome count of Caulanthus barnebyi. Brittonia 33: 452.
1982. [abstract] Taxonomy and adaptations of the Juncus triformis complex. Bot. Soc.
Amer. Misc. Pub. 162: 92--93.
1983. Lectotypification of Chorizanthe watsonii (Polygonaceae: Eriogonoideae). Brittonia 35:
28--29. (with A. Tiehm).
1983. [book review] "Eagle's Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand". Brittonia 35: 221.
1983. Notes on Ivesia rhypara. Madroño 30: 257--258.
1984. Potentilla basaltica (Rosaceae), a new species from Nevada. Brittonia 36: 228--231.
(with A. Tiehm).
1985. Paronychia ahartii (Caryophyllaceae), a new species from California. Madroño 32:
1986. The Juncus triformis complex. Mem. N.Y. Bot. Gard. 39: 1--90. [based on doctoral
1988. Ivesia aperta var. canina (Rosaceae), new from California. Brittonia 40: 398--399.
1988. C. A. Purpus: his collecting trips in the Sierra Nevada and Owens Valley, California,
1895--1898. In: Plant Biology of Eastern California. Natural History of the White-Inyo Range,
Symposium Vol. 2:303--309.
1989. History of botanical collecting in southern Idaho before 1850. Sage Notes 12(2):5--6.
1989. Revisionary studies in Ivesia (Rosaceae: Potentilleae). Syst. Bot. 14: 231--244.
1990. Monardella beneolens (Lamiaceae), a new species from the crest of the southern Sierra
Nevada, California. Madroño 36(4): 271--279. (with J. Shevock and J. Jokerst)
1991. Annetta Mary Carter: 1907--1991. Fremontia 19(4): 12-14.
1992 . New combinations in Potentilla and Horkelia (Rosaceae) in California.
Phytologia 71(5): 420--422.
1992. Obituary: Annetta Mary Carter (1907--1991). Madroño 39: 245--250.
1992. [abstract] The fate of the Potentilleae in Greene's Flora Franciscana: a case study.
Amer. J. Bot. 79(6): 99.
1992. A re-evaluation of Potentilla drummondii and P. breweri (Rosaceae), with the new
species Potentilla morefieldii. Brittonia: 44: 429-- 435.
1992. Neviusia cliftonii (Rosaceae: Kerriae), an intriguing new species from California.
Novon 2: 285--289. (with J. Shevock and D. Taylor)
1993. A re-evaluation of the Horkelia bolanderi (Rosaceae) complex, with the new species
Horkelia yadonii. Syst. Bot. 18: 137--144.
1993. Acaena, Agrimonia, Aphanes, Duchesnea, Fragaria, Geum, Horkelia, Horkeliella,
Ivesia, Neviusia, Potentilla, Rosa, Rubus, Sanguisorba, Sibbaldia. pp. 945--946, 948,
950--961, 962, 964--969, 972--975 In: J. Hickman, ed., The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of
1993. [key to Rosaceae]. pp. 944--945 In: J. Hickman, ed., The Jepson Manual, Higher
Plants of California.
1993. Cross-reference between geographic subdivision and county. pp. 46--48 In: J.
Hickman, ed., The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California.
1993. The puzzling potentillas. Fremontia 21(1): 25--29.
1993. What is snow-wreath doing in California? Fremontia 22(3): 4--7.
1993. Snow-wreath and its relatives in the garden. Fremontia 22(3): 10--11. (with J.
1993. Whither rare plants in The Jepson Manual? Fremontia 22(3): 23-- 27. (with M.
1993 . Tribute to Dr. Arthur Cronquist. J. Idaho Acad. Sci. 28(2): 16--17.
1993 . Floristic regions of Idaho. J. Idaho Acad. Sci. 28(2): 57--70. (with B.
1993. [abstract] Biogeographic and floristic significance of the Shasta snow-wreath, Neviusia
cliftonii (Rosaceae: Kerriae). Amer. J. Bot. 80(6) supplement: 147--148.
1994. President's report. Madroño 40: 289-290.
1994. Herbarium management: pest control. The Jepson Globe 5(3): 1--2.
1995. The changing face of California botany. Madroño 42: 114--122.
1995. Research needs for conserving California's rare plants. Madroño 42: 211--241. (with
M. Skinner et al.)
1995. Review of "Inventory of Rare and Endangered Vascular Plants of California", by M.
Skinner & B. Pavlik. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 122: 244--246.
1995. The changing face of western botany. Kalmiopsis V5 1995: 18--25.
1996. Saga of the Santa Cruz spineflower. Fremontia 24(4): 8--11.
1996. Modern vegetation along the field trip route. pp. 15--18 In: N. Arens, ed. A
guidebook to the far western field trip in California and Nevada, 6--11 July [post-conference field
trip for the 5th International Organization of Palaeobotany Conference, 1996, Santa Barbara,
1996. Post-Manual adjustments in Californian Lomatium (Apiaceae). Madroño 43:
515--521. (with L. Constance)
1996--97. [3-issue column in Albany-El Cerrito community newspaper on stewardship
activities on Albany Hill]
1997. Annotated checklist of the East Bay Flora: native and naturalized vascular plants of
Alameda and Contra Costa counties, California. Special Publication No. 3 of the California Native
Plant Society, East Bay Chapter. 114 pp.
1997. Taxonomic grays vs. black and white expectations: implications for conservation
management of diversity. pp. 11--13 In: T. N. Kaye, A. Liston, R. M. Love, D. L. Luoma, R.
J. Meinke, & M. V. Wilson., eds. Conservation and Management of Native Plants and Fungi.
Native Plant Society of Oregon, Corvallis, Oregon. [conference proceedings]
1997. Floras galore. The Jepson Globe 8(2): 1, 4.
1998. [abstract] The Mount Diablo flora update: a case study in dynamic floristics and floristic
hypotheses. Amer. J. Bot. 85(6): 126. (with L. Schultheis)
1998. [abstract] Monophyly of the ivesioid Potentilleae (Rosaceae) based on ITS sequence
data. Amer. J. Bot. 85(6): 126--127. (with C. Baysdorfer & D. Alonso).
1998. Community site stewardship. Sierra Club Yodeler 61(8) [August]: 1, 3--4. [reprinted
in the newsletter of the Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society].
1998. Floristic surprises in North America. Botanical Electronic News #207, archived at
http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/ben/ [reprinted in Douglasia 23(1): 12--13, 1999, and Sage
Notes 21(1): 3--5, 1999]
1999. [abstract] Radiation of the ivesioid Potentilleae (Rosaceae) in western North America.
XVI International Botanical Congress: Abstracts. p. 38.
1999. Elements of herbarium layout and design. Chapter 6 in Metsger, D.A. and S.C. Byers
editors, Managing the Modern Herbarium: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Elton-Wolf Publishing,
Vancouver, BC, Canada.
1999. Moving herbaria: a case study at Berkeley. Chapter 9 in Metsger, D.A. and S.C.
Byers editors, Managing the Modern Herbarium: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Elton-Wolf
Publishing, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
1999. Purpus among the peaks. Aquilegia 23(5): 4. (with R. Beidleman)
2000. Floristic surprises in North American north of Mexico. Annals of the Missouri
Botanical Garden 87: 81--109.
2000. A mulewrangler, a lawyer, and a lone woman: the continuing legacy of Jepson's
collecting network. The Jepson Globe 11(2): 3.
2000. Plants, people and politics: the development of institution-based botany in California,
1853--1906. In: M.T. Ghiselin & A.E. Leviton, editors, Cultures and Institutions of Natural
History. California Academy of Sciences Memoir 25: 203--248.
SCHEDULED FOR PUBLICATION IN 2001
The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo, California, 2nd edition. M.L. Bowerman &
B. Ertter. California Native Plant Society, Sacramento.
Content and relationships of the [Mount Diablo] flora, supplement A. pp. 86--95 in
Bowerman, M.L. & B. Ertter, The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo, California, 2nd
edition. California Native Plant Society, Sacramento.
The Jepson Desert Manual: Vascular Plants of Southeastern California. Baldwin, B. G., S.
Boyd, B. Ertter, R. W. Patterson, T. J. Rosatti, and D. H. Wilken, editors (Margriet Wetherwax,
managing editor). University of California Press, Berkeley.
"Juncaceae" and "Rosaceae" in: Baldwin, B. G., S. Boyd, B. Ertter, R. W. Patterson, T. J.
Rosatti, and D. H. Wilken, editors (Margriet Wetherwax, managing editor). The Jepson Desert
Manual: Vascular Plants of Southeastern California. University of California Press, Berkeley.
Native roses of California. In: symposium proceedings, Out of the Wild and Into the Garden.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California (6th edition). Rare Plant Scientific
Advisory Committee [chair: B. Ertter] (David Tibor, Convening Editor). California Native Plant
MANUSCRIPTS IN ACTIVE PREPARATION:
Synopsis of additions to the spontaneous flora of California (with F. Hrusa et al.)
Our undiscovered heritage: future prospects for field exploration. In: symposium proceedings,
Jepson Herbarium 50th Anniversary Celebration and Scientific Symposium on Discovery,
Communication, and Conservation of Plant Biodiversity in California.
1995. History of the University and Jepson Herbaria. (with T. Duncan & L. Constance)
1998. Keys to Juncus and Luzula of California. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/jk.html
(work in progress) Carl Albert Purpus and his collecting activities in western North America.
(with T. Schweich) http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/Purpus/index.html
1999. Far West Floristic Initiative: a collaborative framework for a distributed information
system for the native and naturalized plants and lichens of the Far Western states. http://ucjeps.
2001. Joint Program in Botany between Iranian Institutions and University Herbarium.
INVITED TALKS AND SYMPOSIA:
- 1984, Native Plant Society of Texas, Central Region: "Overlooked plants: mosses, liverworts,
algae, and fungi".
- 3 September 1986, Northern Nevada Native Plant Society: "Miles and Miles of Wildflowers,
- 1987, White Mountains Research Station 2nd Biennial Symposium, Plant Biology of Eastern
California [Mary DeDecker Symposium]: "C. A. Purpus: His Collecting Trips in the Sierra
Nevada and Owens Valley, California, 1895-1898"
- 25 May 1988, California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter: "On the trail, with Purpus,
- 7 March 1989, Sonoma State University, Biology Department Colloquium: "In the Footsteps
of Purpus [California emphasis]"
- 7 September 1989, Northern Nevada Native Plant Society: "In the Footsteps of Purpus
- 11 November 1989, Wayne Roderick Lecture Series, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic
Garden: "Tracking the Elusive Ivesia across the West: Adventures in Monography"
- 15 December 1990, Wayne Roderick Lecture Series, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden:
"Texas: Mesquite, Wildflowers, and Ballmoss"
- 14 November 1991, Banquet speaker for Botany Program Workshop, U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region (5): "Tracking the Elusive/Illusive Ivesia"
- 14 January 1992, Biosystematists: "Back to the Basics of Systematics; or, a Rose by Any
Other Name Would Have as Sharp a Thorn"
- 25 January 1992, Wayne Roderick Lecture Series, East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden:
"Botanical Gems of the Rockies: Explorations in Idaho"
- 27 March 1992, Boone Symposium on Idaho Botany, Idaho Academy of Sciences Annual
Meeting: "Floristic Regions of Idaho"
- 21 May 1992, California Botanical Society: "Islands in the Western Desert: Distribution and
Evolution of Ivesia"
- 9 December 1992, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology: "What is Snow-wreath Doing in California
and Why Wasn't It Discovered Earlier?" [variation on same talk given to East Bay Chapter
CNPS, 24 February 1993; Northern Nevada Native Plant Society, 4 March 1993; New York
Botanical Garden, 26 March 1993; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 27 May 1993; BSA/ASPT
annual meeting, Ames, Iowa, August 1993; Sonoma State University, 2 November 1993;
Santa Clara Chapter CNPS, 25 March 1994; California State University at Hayward,
Colloquium Series, 28 April 1994; Boise State University, 29 April 1994; Southern Oregon
College/Oregon Native Plant Society, 13 May 1994; Yerba Buena Chapter CNPS, 22 March
1995; Wayne Roderick Lecture Series, East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden, 13 January
- 1 June 1993, Arizona Native Plant Society: "In the Footsteps of Purpus in Arizona"
- 23 June 1993, California Native Plant Society, Yerba Buena Chapter: "The Jepson Manual
Project" [last minute stand-in for S. D'Alcamo]
- 20 January 1994, California Botanical Society: "Problems and Progress in Potentilla"
[variation on same talk given at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 4 April 1994; Davis Herbaria
Society, 7 April 1994; Sequoia Chapter CNPS, 16 May 1995; Sacramento Chapter CNPS, 14
- 14 May 1994, Oregon Native Plant Society Annual Banquet: "The Changing Face of Western
- 25 May 1994, East Bay Chapter CNPS: "Overview and Annotated Checklist of the East Bay
- 4 June 1994, Friends of the Jepson Herbarium Symposium on The Future of California
Floristics and Systematics: "The Changing Face of California Botany" [variation on same talk
given to Marin Chapter CNPS, 8 January 1996]
- 29 April 1995, symposium on Sierra Nevada Biodiversity: Exploring the Richness and
Functional Role of Wild Species, California Academy of Sciences: "Contemporary Sierran
Flora: Diversity and Endemism" (with J. Shevock)
- 6 June 1995, workshop on Managing the Modern Herbarium, Society for the Preservation of
Natural History Collections annual meeting, Toronto, Canada: "Ten Years of Moving
- 29 July 1995, symposium on Evolution and Adaptations of the Arctic and Alpine Flora,
International Organization of Plant Biosystematists, Tromso, Norway: "Evolutionary radiation
of Potentilla and Ivesia (Rosaceae) in the mountain islands of western North America"
- 10 August 1995, Apomixis workshop, National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic:
"Apomixis vs. the biological species concept: insights from the Potentilleae"
- 12 September 1995, Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plant Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona:
"New and rare Potentilla (Rosaceae) in Arizona".
- 6 October 1995, A. Isabel Mulford Commemorative Luncheon, Missouri Botanical Garden:
"Botany: A Woman's Place in Science?"
- 17 October 1995, Berkeley Garden Club: "An Island in an Urban Sea: Diversity and
Stewardship of Albany Hill" [variation on same talk given to El Cerrito Garden Club, 8 March
- 27 October 1995, University and Jepson Herbaria lunchtime series: "Potentilla"
- 15 November 1995, symposium on Conservation and Management of Oregon's Native Flora,
Native Plant Society of Oregon and Oregon State University, Corvallis: "Taxonomic Grays
vs. Black-and-White Expectations: Implications for Conservation Management of
- 13 April 1996, Cal Day talk: "From Lewis and Clark to DNA: What Are All Those Dead
Plants For, Anyway" [version of same talk given to East Bay Chapter CNPS, 24 April 1996]
- 18 June 1996, Monterey Chapter CNPS: "Native Roses of California". [variation on same
talk given to Dorothy King Young Chapter CNPS annual banquet, 15 December 1996; Wayne
Roderick Lecture Series, East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden, 18 January 1997; East
Bay Chapter CNPS, 26 March 1997; Horticultural symposium, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical
Gardens, 27 March 1999; Sonoma County Master Gardeners, 14 June 2000]
- 24 January 1997, University and Jepson Herbaria lunchtime series: "Update of the Flora of
- 17 April 1997, California Botanical Society: "Kate Brandegee and the Roots of California
Botany" [variation on same talk (as "Love and War in the 1800's; The 'Lost Years' of
California Botany") given at Cal Day, 19 April 1997; Sonoma State University Biology
Colloquium, 4 November 1997; Yerba Buena Chapter CNPS, 4 December 1997; Northern
Nevada Native Plant Society, 2 April 1998; Oakland Museum weekend docents, 17 May 1998;
Wayne Roderick Lecture Series, East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden, 23 January 1999;
Milo Baker Chapter CNPS, 19 September 2000]
- 24 January 1998, Wayne Roderick Lecture Series, East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden:
"Having a Devil of a Time: The Mount Diablo Flora Update". [variation on same talk given at
University and Jepson Herbaria botany lunch series, 13 February 1998]
- 19 May 1998, CSU-Hayward Seminar in Biology Series: "Islands in the Western Desert:
Biogeography of the Ivesioid Potentilleae (Rosaceae)"
- 4 August 1998, AIBS/ASPT annual meetings in Baltimore: "Monophyly of the ivesioid
Potentilleae (Rosaceae) based on ITS sequence data"
- 5 August 1998, AIBS/ASPT annual meetings in Baltimore: "The Mount Diablo flora update: a
case study in dynamic floristics and floristic hypotheses".
- 10 October 1998, 45th Annual Systematics Symposium, Missouri Botanical Garden, Our
Unknown Planet: Recent Discoveries and the Future: "Floristic Surprises in North America".
[variation on same talk given at University and Jepson Herbaria botany lunch series, 2 October
1998; East Bay Chapter CNPS, 18 November 1998; Idaho Rare Plant Workshop, 11 February
1999; Cal Day, 17 April 1999; California Horticultural Society, October 1999; Marin Chapter
CNPS, 3 January 2000; East Bay Regional Parks 60th Anniversary celebration, 13 May 2000;
Native Plant Society of Oregon Annual Banquet, 24 June 2000; Sonoma State University
Biology Colloquium, 19 September 2000]
- 6 November 1998, Conference on the Institutions of Natural History, California Academy of
Sciences: "People, plants and politics: the early years of California botany."
- 19 February 1999, University and Jepson Herbaria lunchtime series: "Far West Floristic
Initiative: proposal for a collaborative framework for a distributed information system for the
native and naturalized plants and lichens of the Far Western States (California, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Nevada)
- May 1999, special seminar at the College of Agriculture of the University of Tehran (16 May),
University of Mashhad (19 May), University of Mazandaran (22 May), and University of
Tabriz (26 May), Iran: "Biogeographic comparison of western North America and Iran"
- 18 June 1999, University and Jepson Herbaria lunchtime series: "Images of Iran"
- 2 August 1999, XVI International Botanical Congress, symposium on Rosaceae: "The
radiation of ivesioid Potentilleae (Rosaceae) in western North America"
- 15 January 2000, Wayne Roderick Lecture Series, East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden:
"Twenty Years After the Revolution: A Glimpse at the Biogeography, Botanical Science, and
Land Use Practices in Iran" [variation on same talk given at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic
Garden, 31 January 2000; Huntington Library & Botanic Garden, 1 February 2000;
University and Jepson Herbaria lunchtime series, 4 February 2000; Dept. of Botany,
Smithsonian Institution, 9 February 2000; New York Botanical Garden, 14 February 2000;
Dept. of Botany & Plant Sciences, University of California at Riverside, 3 March 2000; East
Bay Chapter CNPS, 22 March 2000; Dept. of Environment, Ecology, & Conservation
Biology, University of Nevada at Reno, 20 April 2000; Albertson College of Idaho, 24 April
2000; Native Plant Society of Oregon, 23 June 2000; UC Botanical Garden, 9 January 2001]
- 17 June 2000, Jepson Herbarium 50th Anniversary Celebration and Scientific Symposium on
Discovery, Communication, and Conservation of Plant Biodiversity in California: "Our
Undiscovered Heritage: Future Prospects for Field Exploration"
The following field experience is based on numerous trips, mostly in the western United
States, resulting in over 17,500 collection numbers (mostly vascular plants, some bryophytes).
This includes several new species (see publications) and range extensions (mostly unpublished as
such, but information provided to relevant floras and monographs in preparation). Two new
species have been named after me: Senecio ertterae Barkley from southeastern Oregon and
Astragalus ertterae Barneby & Shevock from the southern Sierra Nevada. The dates and areas can
be summarized as follows:
1969--72: Initial interest in plant taxonomy with focus on Boise foothills and western Salmon
River Mountains near McCall, Idaho. Both areas have remained specialties.
1972--75: Field work out the College of Idaho herbarium (CIC); many collections jointly
with Dr. Patricia L. Packard. Main areas of interest: southwestern and central Idaho, southeastern
1972--present: general collecting for herbarium exchange programs, in western U.S. and
1975--76: Plant survey for Idaho Department of Fish & Game in Bennett Hills at N edge of
Snake River Plains and in southeastern Idaho.
1976--78: Field work for Oxytheca study out of University of Maryland: Nevada, California.
1978--82: Field work for Juncus study out of New York Botanical Garden; also general
collecting for Intermountain Flora. California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Idaho.
1982--85: Field work out of University of Texas at Austin, mostly in Texas.
1982--present: Field work out of University of California at Berkeley, mostly in California
1983--present: Field work on herbaceous Rosaceae (esp. Potentilla, Ivesia, Horkelia) for
various floras. Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington.
1986--present: Field work for a flora of the western Salmon River Mountains, Idaho.
1986--present: Tracing collecting route of C. A. Purpus. California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona,
Miscellaneous: Tabasco, Mexico (Jan 1974); Florida (Mar 1977); Maryland/West Virginia
(Fall and Spring 1975-78); Baja California (Apr 1978, Jan 1989); New York (Fall 1979-81);
Australia/New Zealand (Sep 1981); New Mexico (Mar, Jul 1983); Wyoming (Aug 1987); Alaska
(Jul 1992); Hawaii (Aug 1992); Norway/Sweden (Aug 1995); Iran (May-June 1999).
MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES, SERVICES, AND OTHER
- Designed new quarters and coordinated move of herbarium at University of Texas at Austin.
- Assisted with design of both interim and renovated quarters for herbaria at University of
California at Berkeley; planned and coordinated move into interim quarters.
- Served on panel for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to determine status of Chorizanthe robusta
var. hartwegiana, with L. Constance and L. R. Heckard.
- Served as academic representative on California Native Plant Society planning committee to
produce Rare Plant Handbook for the East Bay.
- Participated in three Forest Service sponsored collecting expeditions in California and Idaho.
- Conducted focus survey of Oxytheca parishii var. goodmaniana and var. cienegensis for
California Department of Fish & Game Natural Diversity Database.
- Organized memorial gathering for Annetta Carter, expert on Baja California flora and former
herbarium staff member.
- Jointly prepared report on alternate pest control techniques for museums at the request of the
head of the Project Planning Committee for renovated Life Sciences Building, UC-Berkeley.
- Regularly assist with identifications for Oakland Museums annual Wildflower Show.
- Organized volunteers to tag rare plant folders in the University and Jepson herbaria so as to
notify the Natural Diversity Database of additions and changes.
- Served as herbarium representative to building and safety committees.
- Assisted in the planning for Idaho Floristics Symposium at Albertson College of Idaho for
Idaho Academy of Sciences 1992 annual meeting.
- Invited to contribute to book on botanical collectors in Pacific Northwest.
- Invited to participate in Flora of China project.
- Invited to speak at memorial for A. Cronquist at New York Botanical Garden.
- One of fourteen field botanists to whom vol. 4 of Intermountain Flora is dedicated.
- One of three finalists for Jepson Curator search, resulting in becoming Curator of Western
North American Flora.
- On Technical Advisory Committee for FEMA-funded East Bay Hills Vegetation Management
Consortium, 1993--1995 (subsequently approached for professional advice on topic from
various sources: UC-Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore Lab, East Bay Regional Parks District)
- Contributed treatments of 132 taxa for the Jepson Manual.
- Invited to speak at tribute for L. Constance at UC Botanical Garden.
- Attended one-day introductory workshop on Geographic Information Systems at UC-Davis (ca
- Serve as academic liaison to Interagency Botanists.
- Participated in rare plant symposia in California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon.
- Assisted with the identification of specimens from TNC's survey of the Cosumnes River
- Filmed for "Way Cool Scientist" segment of "Bill Nye, Science Guy" [apparently never aired]
- Participated a one of 3 panelists for Biosystematists meeting on unit of conservation, 12 Nov
- Participated as one of 5 co-leaders of post-conference field trip to Nevada and California, in
conjunction with 5th International Organization of Palaeobotany conference, 1996, Santa
- As chair, reactivated and reorganized the Rare Plant Scientific Advisory Committee of the
California Native Plant Society, in response to the loss of the Rare Plant Botanist position.
- Invited to participate in worldwide Juncaceae monograph project.
- Attended 2-day workshop on Managing Endangered Species, UC-Davis Extension, May
- In conjunction with an on-going involvement with site stewardship activities on Albany Hill,
organized a public presentation by Peter Raven ("Biodiversity and Stewardship: Our Common
Responsibility") and associated Stewardship Fair on 21 April 1998.
- Prepared Cal Day displays on site stewardship (part of permanent display); Raven's manzanita
(turned over to UC Botanical Garden); noxious weeds ("Insidious Beauty"); Potentilleae
maintained as living collection at UCBG used for research by herbarium staff (turned over to
UCBG); various aspects of the rare plant Potentilla basaltica (part of permanent display);
examples of "Beyond Jepson" additions to the California flora; "Botanicals on Parade" display
of currently popular herbal products matched with herberium specimens
- Served on Scientific Advisory Committee for the East County Biodiversity Working Group (a
proto-Habitat Conservation Plan for eastern Contra Costa and Alameda cos.), 1997-98
- Member of Advisory Council, Friends of the Regional Park Botanic Garden
- Presented paper on "Floristic Surprises in North America" presented at Missouri Botanical
Garden symposium on 10 October 1998 [see publications for 2000] that generated spin-off
publicity in U.S. News & World Report (16 November 1998, p. 64), Science News (2
January 1999, 8--10), Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of our Knowledge (week of 7
February 1999), AAAS Science Update "New Plants," aired 3 September 1999; National
Wildlife (Dec-Jan 2000, p. 52-55), and WAMU Public Radio's "Public Interest" (7 February
2000; archived at www.wamu.org)
- At the invitation of several universities in Iran, spent 3 weeks in May 1999 in Iran, lecturing at
universities, meeting with faculty, staff, and students, and collecting plants, in conjunction
with efforts to reinitiate scientific interchange between the United States and Iran. Followed by
series of talks to appropriate American institutions on the biogeography and land use
management of Iran.
- Nominated for Albertson College of Idaho Distinguished Alumni Award, May 2000.
- Helped plan and then participated in scientific symposium Discovery, Communication, and
Conservation of Plant Biodiversity in California, as part of Jepson Herbarium 50th anniversary
celebration 16--18 June 2000; presented talk, moderated panel on "What's Where? Rebuilding
the Framework for Species-Level Inventories," and led field trip to Mount Diablo.
- Video interview for documentary on the Klamath-Siskiyou Public Television Special: "Saving
Bigfoot's Home," 13 August 2000
- Audio interviewed by Utah Public Radio, 13 Dec 2000, on topics spanning "Floristics
Surprises" and "Iran: the 'Great Basin' of the Middle East"
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