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ECK Happenings

2017

Statistics
  • added 265 specimens to the vascular and non-vascular plant collections
  • 66 individuals obtained services or were hosted as visitors
Actions
  • the herbarium moved to new temporary quarters in SAMC 56
  • ECK acquired 265 new specimens: collectors include; Richard Rosche, (127) Joanne Schlegel (77), James Battaglia (49), and 3 others (10)
  • the vascular plant collection was reorganized; it is now alphabetical by family, genus and species: family names follow the Alphabetical List by Modern Family downloaded from BONAP; genus and species names follow ITIS or The Plant List
  • ECK assisted 3 faculty members, 2 graduate students from Brockport State and 12 undergraduates at Fredonia State; it responded to requests from staff at the NYBG, the NYNRP (3), the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (Germany), and the USDA-NRCS-ENTSC-NPTD
  • 1 work study student performed routine curatorial duties for 4 hours
  • 30 students from Design 101 and 103 used specimens in the completion of an assignment, this activity was an attempt to find new uses for the collection

2016

Statistics
  • added over 1,100 specimens to the vascular and non-vascular plant collections
  • hosted 32 visitors: assisted graduate students (2) from Buffalo State, SUNY-ESF, and Wichita State University; also assisted a professor from Ohio University and one person in a case of poisoning
Actions
  • collectors include: Richard Rosche, (91) Javier Peñalosa (29 mosses), J. Battaglia (88 liverworts and mosses), Joanne Schlegel (12), and Ron Lange (92); the herbarium also acquired vascular plant collections from Dunne-Palmer Herbarium (UMO) (132), Quebec (330), western Massachusetts (223), western Pennsylvania (52), and Stoney Forensics Inc. of Virginia (162)
  • acquired 134 specimens from the Robin Hill Arboretum and Nature Preserve (Lyndonville, New York); cooperated with the Geography and Planning Department to create an interactive map of the preserve
  • two work study students and a student volunteer performed routine curatorial duties over two semesters
  • prepared for its move to Science and Mathematics Complex
  • sent 50 specimens from the Lake Erie Project to MICH and CLM

2015

Statistics
  • added 296 sheets to the vascular plant collection
  • 22 persons visited or utilized the herbarium
Actions
  • collectors include: Richard Rosche (South Carolina), Javier Peñalosa (Maine, California), Joanne Schlegel (western New York, Florida), Ron Lange (Florida). Andrea Locke, John Titus
  • stabilized all specimens in the Asteraceae, Pinaceae, and most of the Cupressaceae
  • sent 49 specimens to FLAS

2014

Statistics
  • added 511 new collections to the vascular plant collection (See Actions)
  • Thirty-eight persons utilized or visited the herbarium
Actions
  • significant acquisitions include: Richard Rosche, 229 specimens from Arizona, New Mexico and South Carolina; Philip E. Hyatt, 41 specimens in the Cyperaceae; Joanne Schlegel, Albert Garofalo, and Jim Battaglia 127 specimens from the Lake Erie Shore Survey
  • The Eckert Herbarium registered with the Index Herbariorum. The abbreviation for the Eckert Herbarium is ECK
  • completed a project to supply each vascular plant specimen with a fragment envelope
  • sent 19 specimens of lichens to NYS

2013

Statistics
  • added 500 new collections to the vascular plant collection (See Actions)
  • responded to 6 requests for assistance
  • sent 65 specimens to NYS
Actions
  • acquired from Philip E. Hyatt (Mt. Hope, Arkansas) 143 specimens in the Cyperaceae, a significant gift
  • acquired 132 specimens in the Asteraceae from NYS
  • conducted Tree Identification station at WNY Science Olympiad
  • David Werier (Ithaca, New York) examined and annotated all collections in the Juncaceae and Poaceae
  • field work for the Lake Erie Project ends
  • assisted with an undergraduate research project
  • review, annotate, and repair vascular specimens

2012

Statistics
  • added 700 new specimens to the vascular plant collection (See Actions)
  • 71 specimens sent to NYS
  • responded to 4 requests for assistance
  • hosted 19 visitors
Actions
  • acquired Dellea Herbarium (1898-1902), about 400 sheets
  • David Werier (Ithaca, NY) examined and annotated the Cyperaceae
  • loaned 25 specimens for Tree Identification station at WNY Science Olympiad
  • hosted Plant Taxonomy class from Fredonia State College
  • continued field work at Lake Erie Coast Project
  • review, annotate, and repair vascular specimens

2011

Statistics
  • added about 1,000 new specimens of vascular plants (see Actions)
  • responded to 4 requests for assistance
  • hosted 3 visitors
  • 2 student assistants worked in the herbarium
Actions
  • accepted 335 duplicate specimens from New York State Museum (NYS); 149 specimens were sent to NYS
  • acquired the herbarium of US Army Corps of Engineers (Buffalo District), an small informal collection formerly used for training; 183 specimens
  • introduced the herbarium to the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • conducted plant identification workshop for US Army Corps of Engineers
  • continued field work for Lake Erie Coast Project
  • vascular plant collection screened for the Ontario Natural Heritage Inventory
  • review, annotate, and repair vascular specimens

2010

Statistics
  • none for this shortened reporting period
Actions
  • date of annual report  changed from January to May
  • review, annotate and repair vascular plant specimens
  • commenced field work for Lake Erie Coast Project

2009

Statistics
  • added 2500 specimens of vascular plants (See Actions)
  • responded to 7 requests for assistance
  • obtained estimate from Viking Cabinet of $45,539 for 26 herbarium cabinets and compactor, installed
Actions
  • acquired Niagara's herbarium, about 2,000 specimens plus 4 small cabinets and sundry supplies.
  • completed Herbarium Database, a Microsoft Access application for data basing small herbaria. Posted the Herbarium Database and A Guide to the Herbarium Data Base, an instruction manual, at the herbarium's webpage.
  • prepared and posted at the herbarium web page Flowering Plants of Western New York State, a non-technical, resource for students, educators, and naturalists.
  • ECK agreed to partner with Albert Garofalo (Welland, Ontario) and others in the Ecological Survey of the Lake Erie Coast in Ecodistrict 7E-5 (the Lake Erie Coast Project)
  • review, annotate, and repair vascular plant specimens
  • Construction began on Phase 1 of the Science/Mathematic Complex; Phase 3 will include a new herbarium

2008

Statistics
  • added 412 new specimens of vascular plants
  • the Merryman herbarium (327 sheets, circa 1900) was sent to the herbarium of the University of Wisconsin (Madison)
  • acquired 100 specimens the University of Wisconsin
  • responded to 8 requests for assistance
  • received 11 used herbarium cabinets from Cornell University
  • loaned 33 specimens to New York State Invasive Plant Council
  • 1 student assistant worked in the herbarium
Actions
  • began work on data base application based on Microsoft Access
  • presentation on plant collecting at Niagara University
  • vascular plant collection reorganized according to Gleason and Cronquist (1992), created the new version of A Guide to the Eckert Herbarium
  • review, annotate, and repair vascular plants
  • assisted at activities of the Biology Club
  • published in Clintonia a note on the status of Adlumia fungosa and Dipsacus laciniatus in WNY and a new taxon to the region, Sedum album

2007

Statistics
  • added 160 new specimens of vascular plants
  • added 84 specimens for exchange from the Route 219 Project
  • sent three boxes of specimens to new herbaria at Fredonia State College and at Plattsburgh State College
  • responded to 2 requests for assistance
  • herbarium hosted three visitors
  • one student assistant worked in the herbarium
Actions
  • Dr. Daniel Potts assumed the position of Director of the Eckert Hebarium
  • With the Clinton Herbarium, collected spring ephemerals at proposed site of Interstate 219 extension
  • improved lighting
  • reorganized the vascular plants following Fernald (1952)
  • created A Guide to the Eckert Herbarium
  • began to review, annotate, and repair all specimens of vascular plants
  • assisted at activities of the Biology Club
  • published in Clintonia a note on Eupatorium serotinum, a taxon new to WNY

2006

Statistics
  • added 25 new specimens of vascular plants
Actions
  • all cabinets were cleaned inside and out; discarded wooden cabinets, unused equipment, outdated books and documents
  • larger tables improved the work space; ordered new references and maps
  • began monitoring the insect population and introduced non-toxic insect deterrents
  • sent several boxes of specimens to new herbaria at Fredonia State College and Plattsburgh State College
  • placed all specimens with the same name in the same place

Biology

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Science and Mathematics Complex 166
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5203 •  Fax: (716) 878-4028

biology@buffalostate.edu