Internship in the ASU Vascular Plant Herbarium
Students interested in the identification, classification, and
evolution of plants may want to consider working for credit in the ASU
Vascular Plant Herbarium as a curatorial assistant. You will work under
the direction of the Curator (Dr. Les Landrum) and the Collections Manager
The Vascular Plant Herbarium in the ASU School of Life Sciences is a museum collection, or "library," of over 285,000
plant specimens. It is located on the third floor of the C-wing of the
Life Sciences complex of buildings with the main office in room 382.
The herbarium is continually adding new specimens to the collection,
loaning specimens to other herbaria for study by specialists and students,
collecting and identifying new specimens for the collection, producing
labels for new specimens, and sending out specimens for exchange to other
Interns in the Herbarium will participate in the following activities:
- Specimen preparation, mounting, restoration, and repair
- Preparing specimens for a loan and/or exchange
- Scanning/photographing specimens
- Databasing of specimens and label generation
- Plant collecting field trips
- Plant identification through the use of dichotomous keys
Other special projects may be arranged.
The purpose of this study is to provide the student with an opportunity to participate
in the curatorial activities of a natural history museum collection,
and is especially valuable for those interested in learning more about plants!
For more information contact Les Landrum (480) 965-4679 or
Liz Makings (480) 965-6162.