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CCBER Vertebrate Collections Now Digitized

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:38 -- laurie

We are happy to announce that CCBER’s vertebrate collections are now completely digitized. This achievement is the result of the focused efforts of Curatorial Assistant Mireia Beas-Moix and several UCSB student curatorial interns.  Databasing the collections began in earnest in 2009  by several curatorial interns. After receiving an IMLS Museums for America grant in fall 2010, we were able to hire Beas-Moix who finished the cataloging and databasing of over 31,000 specimens ahead of schedule—an amazing feat, considering she was hired late in the 2-year grant period.

Herbarium News

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 09:47 -- laurie

The effort to database all of our California specimens and upload them to the Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH) federated database continues in full swing with over 12,870 vascular plant records added to our in-house Specify database and CCH since 2011.  Herbarium Assistant Veronica Ortega has worked part time for the past year and a half to enter the specimen label data. She was assisted by Environmental Studies major Lindsey Bennett who worked fall and winter quarters, and she is now working with Emily Helsley, an Environmental Studies student.

Herbarium Publications Online

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 14:19 -- laurie

The UCSB Herbarium Publication series, started in 1981 and published by the Department of Biological Sciences, consists of six regional floras that include sites in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Mono counties.  They have been digitally scanned and are now available online in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.   The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration was lucky to get in the BHL scanning queue, and now our Herbarium Publications, which have long been out of print, are online.

Award-winning KIN Program Funded for Another Year

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:37 -- laurie

The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration has just received a $7,500 grant from SoCalGas to support the Kids in Nature (KIN) program in 2013.  KIN is an innovative and highly regarded program designed to enrich the learning experiences of underrepresented and underserved youth in our community. KIN is designed to provide each participating 5th grade classroom with a total of twelve educational activities with linkages to our partners--the Marine Science Institute’s REEF program, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Arroyo Hondo Preserve.

CCBER Plant Book

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:38 -- zack

The third edition of Native Plants & Habitats of the UCSB Campus was released in June of 2006. The book was produced by the CCBER staff and features seven habitats and 57 plants that can be found on the UCSB campus. It is a great resource for anyone interested in learning California native plants. To order, please contact Jennifer Thorsch.

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