Freshman Danielle Hacker and Collections Manager Kim Kersh at Cal Day 2006 - Photo credit: Peg Skorpinski (click for News item)Flowering plant - Allium crispum - Photo credit: John Game (click for John Game's photographs)Flowering plant - Madia elegans "densifolia" - Photo credit: Bruce G. Baldwin (click for Baldwin Lab)Flowering plant - Eriogonum truncatum - Photo credit: Scott Hein of Save Mount Diablo (click for News item)Alga - Antithamnion cruciatum - Photo credit: Athanasios  Athanasiadis (click for publication in Constancea)Plant display and lecturer - Cal Day (click for News item)Moss - Sphagnum mendocinum - Photo credit: John Game (click for BryoLab)

   

   




Welcome to the Herbaria

The Herbaria at UC Berkeley are a center for botanical research, training, and outreach. With 2.2 million specimens, online resources, and opportunities for in-person activities, the possibilities are endless. Please contact us!

 •The University Herbarium, established in 1895, holds botanical collections from around the world.

 •The Jepson Herbarium, established in 1950, specializes in the vascular plants of California.

Updated version now available for collectors: A free MS Excel template to manage your collection data, make labels, and easily upload your specimen data to our database, CollectionSpace. Specimens accompanied by metadata in this spreadsheet will be given top priority for accessioning in UC/JEPS. ... Click here for details

Botany Lunch Seminar schedule has been posted for the Spring 2024 session. Meetings are Fridays at noon, in 1002 VLSB and on Zoom — all are welcome!

Volunteers Needed at University and Jepson Herbaria

There are currently three types of volunteer opportunities that are available in the Herbaria.
  1. Weekday volunteers (anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.)
  2. Friday mornings (9:00 a.m. - noon)
  3. Weekend volunteers (specific Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Each program is described in more detail here.

Herbaria Contact Information

  News from the Herbaria

Berkeley Biology Graduates
June 1, 2024
Five Herbaria-affiliated graduate students received their PhDs at the May 2024 Integrative Biology commencement ceremony, continuing a 126 year-old tradition of botanical graduate education at Berkeley that started in 1898 with the graduation of Willis L. Jepson. We are very proud of the 2024 graduates: Ixchel González-Ramírez, Jaemin Lee, Anna Scharnagl, Maryam Sedaghatpour, and Giovanna Figueroa. The photo at left shows some of the attendees at our graduation celebration in the Herbaria, (L to R) Ixchel González-Ramírez, Brent Mishler, Cindy Looy, Lucia Lohmann, Anna Scharnagl, David Ackerly, Ellen Simms, Jaemin Lee, and Klara Scharnagl.
April 2, 2024

Have you been wanting to visit the University & Jepson Herbaria (UC/JEPS)? Well, you’re in luck! We are officially announcing the beginning of regular public herbaria tours. Four times a year, there will be the opportunity to come learn all about UC/JEPS and herbaria. We’ll discuss how we started, how herbarium specimens are collected and how they end up here, our curation practices, ongoing projects, and so much more! Beautiful specimens will be on display, and curators from the different collections will be available for questions. There are two tours coming soon:

Thursday, April 25th at 10:30AM and Thursday, July 11th at 10:30AM

Spots are limited! Sign up here today if you’re interested in a tour: https://forms.gle/xoWv57RD3TTNtRNG6

Tour groups will meet at the front of the herbaria, located at: 1001 Valley Life Sciences Building Berkeley, CA 94720-2465

We look forward to seeing you!

herbarium tour specimens
Sarah Lemmon book cover
February 28, 2024
Sara Plummer Lemmon Collection Catalog now Available
Wynne Brown, author of The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon's Life of Science and Art has completed a catalog of the paintings in the Sara Plummer Lemmon Collection. The 565 items in this once at-risk collection are now re-housed in archival folders and boxes and are individually cataloged. We greatly appreciate Wynne's dedication to this project and thank Susan Filter, Save Peterson, and Amy St. John for their assistance with rehousing and cataloging the collection. The catalog is available here.
January 30, 2024
A gala celebration was held on Saturday, October 14, 2023, sponsored by the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium, to thank Brent Mishler for his 30 years of leadership as Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria (1993-2023) and to welcome Lúcia Lohmann, the new Director who started July 2023. See more photos from the event here.
Brent and Lucia at gala
October 30, 2023
Faculty curator Noah Whiteman has just published a fascinating book on the relationships between plants, their poisons, and humans. See the campus news story here: https://news.berkeley.edu/2023/10/24/nature-s-poisons-why-we-love-them-and-abuse-them and Noah’s Lab website here: https://www.noahwhiteman.org/
June 8, 2023
Nina House, Museum Scientist at the University & Jepson Herbaria, was recently invited to be a featured guest on KQED Forum. The interview focused on the new California law AB 1573, legislation that would require landscaping and restoration efforts on public lands use 75% California native plants. You can listen to the episode here.
Nina at KQED
March 6, 2023
As part of the 150 Years of Women at Berkeley celebration (https://150w.berkeley.edu/) we were fortunate to have Dr. Sheila M. Humphreys (EECS Emerita Director of Diversity) create biographies of twenty-one women associated with the Botany Department at UC Berkeley. Her publication is now available on our website here.
February 27, 2023
A new study by former UC/JEPS graduate student Isaac Lichter-Marck and his major professor, Jepson Curator Bruce Baldwin, explores the role of edaphic specialization and life history switches in the evolution of rock daisies, and uses this system to examine potential limits on the responses of desert angiosperms to global climate change. The paper is available here, and the UC news release is here.
January 9, 2023
A new book is out, edited by former UC/JEPS postdoc Brian Swartz and UC/JEPS director Brent Mishler, entitled Speciesism in Biology and Culture: How Human Exceptionalism is Pushing Planetary Boundaries. It incudes 9 chapters containing wide-ranging discussions about the sociopolitical, cultural, and scientific ramifications of speciesism and world views that derive from it, integrating natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Thanks to a Sawyer Seminar Grant from the Mellon Foundation, it is available free in open access here — also see the university news release here.
December 30, 2022
The Jepson eFlora Revision 11 was published in December 2022! One of the new species included is Silene nelsonii (image courtesy of Steve Matson). For the full details, please see the summary here: https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/supplement_summary.html
Ixchel González-Ramírez
June 19, 2022
A new Spanish language video explaining herbaria and some of the research done there has just been produced by Un Vistazo al Laboratorio in association with Science at Cal and the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco. The video stars UC/JEPS graduate student Ixchel González-Ramírez.
May 27, 2022
A wonderful new book entitled "John Gill Lemmon: Andersonville Survivor and California Botanist" by Brad Agnew and Kelly Agnew features the archives of the University and Jepson Herbaria. See university news story here and accompanying video here.
April 3, 2022
The Jepson eFlora Revision 10 was published in April 2022! One of the new species included is Chorizanthe eastwoodiae (image courtesy of Keir Morse). For the full details, please see the summary here: https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/supplement_summary.html
January 24, 2022
We are sad to announce that Rudi Schmid passed away January 4th, 2022. He was an active faculty member at UC Berkeley for over 30 years, 1972-2003, as well as a curator in the University and Jepson Herbaria. He had research interests in plant anatomy and was an advocate for botanical documentation and a champion of floristic efforts, including the Jepson Flora Project. He has established an endowment fund in the Herbaria to support research on and curation of conifers; if you would like to contribute to this fund, please contact Staci Markos (smarkos@berkeley.edu).
(Photo: April 7th, 2003 - Rudi Schmid at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.)
Rudi Schmid at Antelope Valley
December 30, 2021
The Jepson eFlora Revision 9 was published in December 2021! One of the new species included is Linanthus maculatus subsp. maculatus (image courtesy of Keir Morse). For the full details, please see the summary here: https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/supplement_summary.html
December 6, 2021
Schedule of 2022 Jepson Workshops Now Available!. Both virtual and in-person workshop will be offered. Members only registration: December 1–7, 2021. General public registration begins December 8, 2021
(Photos Left-to-Right: White Mountains, Granite Mountains (Jim Andre), Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve (Joy Baccei), Erysimum menziesii, Mendocino County.)
August 6, 2021
The annual North American botanical meeting Botany 2021 was held virtually July 18-23, 2021. Several UC/JEPS researchers were "there." Bruce Baldwin’s talk on the Jepson Flora Project can be seen here; Klara Scharnagl’s talk on lichen biology is here; and Brent Mishler’s talk on species is here.
April 25, 2021
A new book entitled "What, if Anything, are Species?" by UC/JEPS Director Brent Mishler explores this controversial topic in detail, based on 40 years of investigation. He concludes that species are nothing special; entities currently given that rank are simply clades like taxa at all other levels on the tree of life. He goes into the advantages of fully rankless classification, and of a multi-level approach to ecology and evolution. The book is open access; it is freely accessible here.
February 8, 2021
A virtual Jepson Workshop was held Saturday, January 30, 2021: "Wonders of a dryland moss: Syntrichia from genomes to ecosystems," hosted in partnership with the collaborative research project "Desiccation and Diversity in Dryland Mosses," with funding provided by the US National Science Foundation. In order to make the workshop available more broadly, recordings of all eight 15-minute presentations have been uploaded to YouTube. See introductory page and links to this self-paced workshop here.
December 21, 2020
The Jepson eFlora Revision 8 was published in December 2020! One of the new species included is Ceanothus pendletonensis (image courtesy of John Rebman). For the full details, please see the summary here: https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/supplement_summary.html
Archive of past news items...
Featured Projects
Consortium of California Herbaria

The Consortium of California Herbaria serves as a gateway to information from California vascular plant specimens that are housed in herbaria throughout the state. The display now includes information from 1.8 million specimen records, all searchable through a single interface. Read more...

Baldwin Lab

Evolutionary and systematic studies of Californian vascular plants are a major research focus of the Baldwin Lab in the Jepson Herbarium, where investigations of the highly diverse native tarweeds and their Hawaiian-silversword descendants continue apace. Read more...

Berkeley Natural History Museums The University and Jepson Herbaria are part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums Consortium.