Please join us for a winter tour at the Department of Biological Sciences, Carl W. Sharsmith Herbarium at San Jose State University.
The tour will be led by Lars Rosengreen, Greenhouse Manager and Curator; and Ben Carter, Director and Associate Professor. Founded in 1945 by Dr. Carl Sharsmith, the herbarium at San Jose State University houses a collection of more than 27,000 pressed plants (18,000 vascular plants and more than 9,000 bryophytes).
Many specimens were collected over Dr. Sharsmith’s long career as a university professor and natural history ranger at Yosemite National Park. The herbarium is actively curated and a member of the Consortium of California Herbaria. Most of the specimens are California natives, with a focus on plants found in the Bay Area and the Sierra Nevada.
As part of the visit, you will have a chance to view notable specimens in the collection as well as view taxa that may be of special interest to attendees. You will also have a hands- on opportunity to learn how to mount and preserve specimens, and learn about the process of imaging them and adding them to the herbarium’s collection.