JEPS - Jepson Herbarium - Berkeley, CA
Posted by: DougK
N 37° 52.290 W 122° 15.714
10S E 564916 N 4191814
Quick Description: Willis Linn Jepson, California's most eminent early botanist, is the founder of the Jepson Herbarium.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 5/15/2009 1:36:44 AM
Waymark Code: WM6CVF
The Jepson Herbarium was established in 1950 by an endowment from Willis Linn Jepson, California's most eminent early botanist. The herbarium carries on Professor Jepson's life work of studying plants of California and publishing works that lead Californians to a greater appreciation of our rich botanical heritage. The Jepson Herbarium specializes in vascular plants of California and has 96,000 specimens.
The Jepson Herbarium is housed along with the University of California Herbarium in room 1001 of the Valley Life Sciences Building on the UC Berkeley campus, but their records are separate and not interfiled with UC Herbarium. The Valley Life Sciences Building was dedicated in honor of the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, whose cornerstone gift aided the renovation of the Life Sciences Building, the centerpiece for biological sciences instruction and research since 1930 at the University of California at Berkeley.
There is a small display of plants, books and newspaper articles for visitors in the lobby. They are open Mon-Fri from 8AM-12PM and 1PM-5PM.
From the Jepson Herbarium website:
The mission of the Jepson Herbarium is to understand and conserve the California flora through systematic, floristic, and conservation biology studies and to communicate knowledge of the flora through publications and instructional programs. The goals and programs of the Jepson Herbarium are based on three directives put forth by our founder, Willis Linn Jepson:
• Update the Manual of the Flowering Plants of California (1925)
• Complete A Flora of California with color illustrations
• Maintain and expand the botanical collection and library
Data from current and past floristic studies of the Jepson Herbarium are available through the Jepson Online Interchange for California Floristics; this resource provides the latest information on identification, taxonomy, nomenclature, distribution, ecology, relationships, and diversity of California vascular plants. Large databases of specimen label and horticultural information are also available. Willis Jepson’s field books are available online.
In addition to overseeing the Jepson Flora Project, the Jepson Curator maintains an active research program. He and his graduate students employ biosystematic, morphological, and molecular techniques to answer questions related to phylogeny, ecology, and evolution of plants.
In addition to research and floristic studies, the Herbarium provides educational opportunities for interested amateur and professional botanists through the weekend workshop series.
Coordinates were obtained from an open area courtyard of the Valley Life Sciences Building directly above the Jepson Herbarium!