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Posted by wfertig on July 13, 2016 - 4:33pm in Collections

Are Herbaria Still Relevant in the 21st Century?


By Walter Fertig, Arizona State University herbarium

Originally published in Sego Lily 2016 Vol 39(1):6-8.


     The oldest herbaria date to the Middle Ages when European physicians first learned that dried and pressed plants could retain their color and appearance for decades if properly preserved.  Initially specimens were bound in books to provide doctors with a handy reference for identifying the sources of herbal medicines.  Over time it became more convenient to keep specimens on loose sheets that could... Read More

Posted by nfranz on April 25, 2016 - 3:17pm in Courses

We are announcing a new course, offered during Session B of the 2016 Summer:

Species, Traits, and Trees - A Hands-On Introduction to Phylogenetic Systematics.

Click on the flyer (image) below for additional information. Enrollment is possible now.

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Posted by mwilsons on April 25, 2016 - 12:06pm in Informatics
We have two workshops sponsored by BioKIC coming up. Please register if you plan on attending so we can plan accordingly for food and for future workshops. 
Deadline for registration is midnight Wednesday May 4th
Wednesday May 11
ASU Natural History Collections
734 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe AZ 85282
****Registration is limited... Read More
Posted by nfranz on February 15, 2016 - 8:26pm in Graduate Students

2015 - present: M.Sc. Student in Biology, School of Life Sciences, ASU

2014 - B.Sc. in Biology & Ecology (with concentration in Marine Biology), Louisiana State... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 14, 2016 - 9:27am in Collections

The Hasbrouck Insect Collection is named in honor of Dr. Frank F. Hasbrouck, an expert on the "burrowing webworm moth" family Acrolophidae (Lepidotera) who was recruited to Arizona State University in 1962. Hasbrouck presided over the collection for nearly 25 years. Under his energetic and meticulous curatorship, the collection grew from approximately 50,000 specimens - which had been accumulated gradually since the 1910s and mainly in service of teaching endeavors - to about 650,000 specimens... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 12, 2016 - 10:29pm in Collections

Opportunities for making gifts in kind

The Hasbrouck Insect Collection has established a clear and efficient process for facilitating donations of specimens as "Gifts in Kind". Such gifts are ultimately processed through the ASU Foundation, with an option to utilize the charitable donation to receive tax deductions (see also... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 12, 2016 - 4:37pm in Collections

Our specimens are available for study

The Hasbrouck Insect Collection actively seeks to increase the value and use of our specimens through reliable loans to inter-/national researchers in the biological disciplines. Scientists who wish to request a loan should contact the collection manager, Dr. Sangmi Lee. We have a generous three-year loan... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 11, 2016 - 2:17pm in Research

The following paper was published in late 2015, with Nico Franz and Guanyang Zhang as ASU co-authors.

Thessen, A.E. et al. (including N.M Franz and G. Zhang). Emerging semantics to link phenotype and environmentPeerJ 3:e1470. Link to publication:

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Posted by afsarno on February 11, 2016 - 1:39pm in Meetings


Sponsors: School of Life Sciences ASU, Genome@ASU, Microbiology Graduate Students Association (MGSA), Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC).

Motivation and goals:  “Omics analysis can allow a deeper mechanistic understanding and modeling of biological systems. Data generation and integration of proteomics to multiple microbial studies is a growing field where ASU's research can have an strong impact”. This is a two-day hands-on proteomics workshop... Read More

Posted by mwilsons on February 11, 2016 - 1:21pm in Meetings

We hosted workshop in January:

Introduction to Galaxy
January 8, 2016
Presented by: Anton Nekrutenko
Organized by: Melissa A. Wilson Sayres and Nico Franz
Sponsored by: ASU's Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center

If you'd like to access Galaxy directly, you can do so here:

To join the ASU genomics community, you can sign up for the ASU_genomics google group:

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