University of Alaska Museum (UAM) Cryptogam specimens (ALA) (Arctos) for GGBN

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Most lichen collections in ALA date from the early post WWII period, after the Alcan (now Alaska Highway) was completed, including specimens from John Thomson’s first of two Alaska expeditions in 1958 on the Arctic Slope as well as his 1967 expedition along the Alaska Highway. The contributions of three other people, H. Persson and W. C. Steere (bryophytes) and H. Krog (lichens), further strengthened the foundation for ALA’s cryptogamic collections. Barbara Murray’s collecting started in the 1970s just after the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay on the arctic coast of Alaska. Use of helicopters became frequent and as a result Murray has collected large number of specimens at over 250 Alaskan localities. The ALA cryptogamic collection has recently been supported by two NSF grants (NSF- 1023407: Toward Documenting Biodiversity Change in Arctic Lichens: Databasing the Principal Collections, Establishing a Baseline, and Developing a Virtual Flora (with University of Wisconsin) and NSF NSF-1115056: TCN Collaborative Research: North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change) to help with digitization of specimen data and taking care of large backlogs of specimens. The majority of the cryptogam collections are from Alaska, while numerous collections are also from Russia, Fennoscandia, Canada and the lower 48 United States.

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Herbarium (ALA) University of Alaska Museum, University of Alaska Fairbanks


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Occurrence; Specimen; Specimen


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Geographic Coverage


Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

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Collection Data

Collection Name University of Alaska Museum (UAM) Cryptogam specimens (ALA)
Collection Identifier UAMb:Herb
Parent Collection Identifier UAMb

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