There is still space available (and still time) to register for the 8-10 August session of our Introduction to California Plant Families Jepson Herbarium Workshop at UC Berkeley! Click on the hyperlinked Dipsacaceae mouse below or HERE for registration info.
Dipsacaceae mouse by our Workshop Coordinator. We’ll be learning about bracts of all sorts to learn and key plant families – involucres and involucels, spectaculars and receptaculars, cone bracts, cyathophylls, spathes, lemmas and paleas, and bractlets and bracteoles.
Scouted most of the Phacelia peirsoniana paratype localities [here, Sherwin Summit with Jim Linnberg and Trigger the service dog] and accessible Consortium of California Herbaria specimen sites on this trip based out of UC SNARL. Love that place. Too dry in some places for some of the target species I was looking for [also looked for Phacelia tetramera out on alkali sinks], but there are patches of blooms where precipitation seems to have struck and stuck.
A really good trip, and I wish I could have stayed out another week at least. Next year I hope it rains, and I can go in April and again in May to catch these taxa.
This was also the first trip I had an iPhone and definitely prefer my Nikon for photos. But for planning out a daily botany itinerary with the Jepson eFlora, Consortium of California Herbaria search results, Google maps, and CalPhotos – I used that iphone nonstop when there was areas with service. Tom Schweich’s area list for Mono County is AWESOME – full of great resources, as is Tim Messick’s Bodie Hills flora.
Part inspiration from past workshops, and part anticipation for the upcoming year. Share your favorite photos from workshops you have attended with our Jepson Workshop coordinator via email. I think my favorite so far is from the ‘planning’ post. Although I am partial to that Phacelia Friday.
This is a typical scene of botanists starting to scatter across the landscape at a stop from the 2012 White Mountains workshop.
Another great Jepson Manual 101 Clinic on Friday before the Potentilla Jepson Workshop this weekend. And again, I learned more than I was anticipating – and really appreciate the enthusiasm of everyone who participated. Staci Markos gave a great introduction to the second edition, the new and improved features of the Jepson Manual, and additional online resources. Mentha pulegium was the example on page 840 to show how the different font and structure for the organization of the book works – and to show that the taxon isn’t in the index. Also, by keying it out in preparation for the clinic I found out that although it smells great, it is TOXIC.
The Clinic was in the Botany Seminar room with these really amazing new microscopes that have been donated to the Jepson Workshops. The dissection kits help with looking at the 4 fertile stamens and 1 staminode in Scrophularia californica, and the scopes were great to look at the shaggy hairs on the leaf axis of Rosa californica. Barbara Ertter stopped by to check in with participants for the workshop, and kindly confirmed the identification of the rose!
We also keyed out Delphinium californicum too. I absolutely did not plan having all the specific epithets be ‘californica’ or ‘californicum’, it really just happened. The Delphinium was in open flower, with some flowers still in bud at the distal end of the inflorescence. From the road looking into the chaparral hillside I thought it was in total bud, and climbed up just to see if it was worth coming back in a month or so. I collected the inflorescence on July 12th [the day before the clinic] and the key in the manual has one character as blooming generally June or earlier, and the other as July or later. Maybe the inflorescence was blooming since June? Other inflorescences in the area were still in bud, but maybe it is a late year on the coast. The key has other characters that work great, and I was really thrilled to learn a new Delphinium species.
We also keyed out Eriogonum latifolium and I learned new terminology about flower stipes! I also brought in a lot of other things and of course there were some phacelias!
I have enjoyed these clinics, which have been held on various Fridays throughout the spring and summer. Check in with the UC & JEPS herbarium [on facebook too] and the Jepson Workshops [email@example.com, (510) 643-7008] for more information.
The Jepson Manual celebrated the publication of the second edition with a party at the UC and Jepson Herbarium on Saturday – which was fantastic. I had a ton of people sign my copy where they wrote the treatments, or their favorite genus or sponsorship page. There was also a silent auction to support the Botany Library, and I managed to win some super fantastic books! Also – our librarian, Amy Kasameyer, found the perfect description for my new favorite food [besides birthday cake oreos]. Shown below what she coined as ‘potato cupcakes’ from the botany party. I ate nearly an entire platter. No joke.
Michael Eisen wrote a blog post last year noting a super amazing inclusion of the digitized lab notebooks as part of the supplemental materials [Lang and Botstein 2011]. My lab work has somewhat been on pause with classes [IS290 and IB200A] and studying for orals this semester, but come the end of April – I am going to do this with my lab notebooks as I progress through experiments in the Baldwin genomics lab and the MPL.
Along that vein, I will also put up my field notebooks from this year, probably the whole notebook at the end of the season, and additional notes from individual collection events posted as updates inside posts – this one includes the corolla dissections and sketches of ovules. And yes, after upload I realized that penciled drawings don’t scan as well as inked illustrations – so will keep that in mind for the future.
Posting my field notebooks serves as part organization, part transparency, part scholarship, part archival, part communication, part trying to be a better practitioner of science. I also believe that creating a clear link between the collection event and the accessioned specimen may motivate me to decrease the time between collection and accession, which can contribute to the lag time in species descriptions – not that I am collecting anything new [Bebber et al. 2010].
I benefit so much from reading the online digitized field notebooks of Willis Linn Jepson, Reid Moran and others [the Smithsonian has an entire Field Book Project – AMAZING, go look at it], and visiting archives to read field notebooks of the Cantelows and John Thomas Howell at California Academy of Sciences. Other archives I really would like to visit are those of Marcus E. Jones, because Parry stole my rose [Dorst 2010; Jones 1930].
The field season is slower this year due to drought and next year will be my big field year, but there are still opportunities to describe some of the field diversity in a group like the [mostly Californian] Ramosissimae, which includes Phacelia distans and Phacelia malvifolia. I have been really inspired by the amazing scientific illustrations that John Myers has been doing for the FNANM treatment, and Dr. Strother also encouraged me [in the words of Terry Allen] to practice drawing. I limned the basics from the Phacelia californica that I collected for the Jepson Manual 101 clinic, and pressed the voucher in my Herbarium Supply plant press. I am always interested in best practices for collecting specimens and making vouchers [see one of M.E.Jones writings on collecting here], and not just because it is part of the IS290 class project for the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden!
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Jessica Peak and Rebecca Stubbs led another great Jepson Manual 101 clinic yesterday. Both are finishing up their studies at SFSU in Dr. Patterson’s lab, and both are defending their theses very soon [good luck to both of you!]. Jessica studies Calochortus (Liliaceae) [read more at her research website here], and Rebecca studies Polemonium (Polemoniaceae) [read all about it on her research website here]. It was super fun, with a big group of great botany people in VLSB 3030. I learned the difference between a currant [no nodal spines] and a gooseberry [nodal spines], and we played with stigmatrophy in Mimulus aurantiacus (Phrymaceae). Plants do move, sometimes in surprising ways – and not just taxonomically!
I brought in the perennial Phacelia californica (Boraginaceae) for the clinic, and grabbed a few stills of the commute from the first test video run with my brand new GoPro camera. The clinic was busy from set-up to end, and I meant to take photos of the floriferous room and enthusiastic microscope and dissection work, but totally didn’t. Next time! And I am super excited to use this for field work. It is tinier than I thought possible, and so so cool. My usual superlatives are failing me in describing how and why this is incredibly awesome, and the possibilities for my science.
The Jepson Herbarium is celebrating and educating! JEPS is hosting Jepson Manual 101 clinics, which are super short and super fast Friday versions of the longer [but also super fun] Jepson Workshops. It is a great way to use your new Manual [extra copies also available for sharing], get an overview of the expanded & improved & new stuff in the book, and key out fresh material as a group. Jepson workshops have a sweet set of new microscopes and plenty of dissection kits, and the Herbarium conference room in VLSB 1002 is absolutely great. Also, snacks.
Staci Markos and our Jepson Workshop coordinator led the way, and we had a great time with participants for the first clinic yesterday. We successfully keyed Fragaria chiloensis and Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum. I learned a ton! Have you looked at a hypanthium today? Was the receptacle strawberry-like? Was it red, or was it purple?
Bringing in material to the herbarium was fantastic as preparation, so many names have changed since the 1993 Manual, and it is remarkable to have all of these updates in one book. It is gnarly, but the 1993 Manual and the 2nd edition Manual are entirely different books. I was thinking that I could refer back and forth between the two, work on my biceps, using the online Jepson Interchange to help my learning curve. But the 2nd edition is completely new. Completely different. Completely awesome. The index is now one of the first places I go to, because my book spine isn’t broken in yet. I brought in Taraxia ovata [formerly Camissonia ovata], Polypodium californicum, Romulea rosea var. australis, and Castilleja wightii, which Margriet Wetherwax kindly identified for me [it is a perennial, not an annual like I thought]. And she signed my new Jepson! Now I have to go look for the red flowered ones too [I brought in the yellow flowered ones yesterday], and watch for hummingbird pollinators!
I am looking forward to more of these clinics, which will be held on various Fridays throughout the spring and summer. Check in with the UC & JEPS herbarium [on facebook too] and Jepson Workshops [firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 643-7008] for more information.
It is fantastic when the really great people get recognition for their hard work [check out the SFSU article here, ‘Botanists help launch new edition of California’s premier plant guide’]. Thanks for a wonderful new Jepson manual, and all the new discoveries in the book and the field, and the amazing online Jepson eFlora.