Research and Teaching

The UCLA herbarium collections assist students and faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles with research projects and teaching needs. Research projects include ecological studies of habitats and plant communities, floristics of the Santa Monica Mountains, and taxonomic studies including contributions to the Jepson Manual of California plants. Faculty and botanical staff that have ongoing botanical research include Philip Rundel, Art Gibson, Barry Prigge, Sarah Ratay, Mark Elvin, and Thomas Huggins. The herbarium is also available for use by investigators from other universities, individuals from government agencies and environmental consulting firms, as well as the general public. Plant specimens are actively collected for teaching in courses such as California Ecosystems, and Field Biology Quarter. Duplicates are distributed to the herbarium at Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, Jepson and University Herbarium, and the Herbarium of the New York Botanic Garden among others.

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Herbarium techs Alex Ledbetter and Amy Lee repairing herbarium specimens from the Pierce College collection donated to UCLA in 2015.