NYBG is partnering with leading museums, universities, and environmental organizations around the world to engage the public in citizen science! During WeDigBio! 2021 (April 8–9), we invite your help to mobilize biodiversity data from preserved herbarium specimens to advance scientific understanding of the plants of our world! Join us for a series of virtual events—including research talks by contemporary botanists and a tour of NYBG’s remarkable scientific collection—and learn how to participate in online projects that support our mission to preserve and protect the planet’s biodiversity.
Virtual Tour of the Steere Herbarium
Thursday, April 8; 11–11:45 a.m. EDT
Explore ways that scientists study plants during a behind-the-scenes visit to the Steere Herbarium, one of the largest collections of preserved plant specimens documenting plant life around the globe over the past 300 years. Learn how these collections can be used in conservation work and to study climate change. See wild relatives of crops, invasive species that have taken hold in different regions of the world, and herbarium specimens of extinct plants that no longer grow on Earth.
Citizen Science Workshop
Thursday, April 8; 2–3 p.m. EDT
Learn how to participate in Virtual Herbarium Expeditions and support the work of scientists to describe and conserve plant biodiversity! This introductory workshop will train beginner citizen scientists how to interpret plant specimen labels, research botanical archives, and record critical details about the history and geographic origin of scientific collections at NYBG.
Spotlight on Herbarium Research: Epiphytes!
Friday, April 9; 11 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT
Citizen Scientists have contributed to rapid acceleration in the digitization of botanical specimens in the past decade resulting in unprecedented access to information about the plants of our world. This expansion has enabled new research applications, boosted the efficiency of species discovery, and encouraged collaboration across continents. During this hour, listen to perspectives from three botanists who study epiphytic plant families included in NYBG’s Virtual Herbarium Expeditions, and learn how they use digitized specimens and data for biodiversity research and conservation.
Matthew Pace, Assistant Curator, The New York Botanical Garden, USA
Alejandra Vasco, Research Botanist, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, USA
Julián Aguirre-Santoro, Assistant Professor, Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Colombia
Friday, April 9; 2–4 p.m. EDT
Gather virtually with citizen scientists of all experience levels to participate in NYBG’s Virtual Herbarium Expeditions! Experts will be in attendance to answer questions, troubleshoot challenges, facilitate discussion, and provide context for your specimen discoveries.
Citizen Science: Epiphytes
Join our latest expeditions to help transcribe specimens of epiphytic, tree-dwelling plants and contribute to continued research and conservation of these quintessential plants of the tropics.