The Silva Center for Phycological Documentation

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Paul Claude Silva (1922 - 2014)


The mission of The Silva Center for Phycological Documentation is to develop, maintain, and share documentation in the field of algal systematics. The Center includes an extensive library with an extraordinary collection of rare books and reprints. The Center is adjacent to the University Herbarium's superb collection of dried seaweeds, including extensive Pacific Ocean specimens and ~ 2600 type specimens (

The Friends of the Silva Center supports:

  • Travel funds for students and scholars who wish to visit the Center.
  • Maintenance of the library and archives.
  • Imaging and databasing of new seaweed specimens.

Membership Levels:

  • Annual: $45
  • Sustaining: $200
  • Lifetime: $5,000 (one-time gift or pledge $1,000/year for five years)

To join the Friends of the Silva Center, please print and mail the membership form, enclose a check payable to the UC Berkeley Foundation, and mail to:
Silva Center for Phycological Documentation
1001 VLSB #2465
University of California
Berkeley, CA

For more information, please contact Kathy Ann Miller: