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Elizabeth Makings - collections manager, vascular plants

I am the curator of the ASU Herbarium, a repository of over 300,000 pressed, dried and archived plant specimens for long term study. An herbarium is often descrbied as "library" of plants and is a critical resource for biodiversity, ecological, and evolutionary research. We are accessed virtually and physiclly on a daily basis by students, staff, faculty, and the general public. The herbarium, along with vertebrates, insects, fossil plants, shells, and lichens, is located in a recently renovated space off campus, the Natural History, Bioinformatics, and Outreach Center (734 W. Alameda).

I spend most of my time in the collection, but occasionally get out in the field to botanize, collect plants, and take photos. Liz's flickr albums.

In my teaching schedule, I am alternating "Arizona Flora" with "Sonoran Desert Field Botany" in the spring. I also occasionally teach a seminar on Arizona grasses in the fall semester.


Makings selected publications

Brown, D.E., E. Makings, A. Neils, D. Jenness, R. L. Glinski, R. D. Babb, M. B. Traphagen. 2017. Biotic Resources of the Lower Santa Cruz River Flats, Pinal County, Arizona. Desert Plants Vol. 32(2):51 pp. PDF iconbiotic_resources_of_the_santa_cruz_flats-desert_plants-vol_32-2.pdf

Darrow, K. and E. Makings. 2016. New records for the flora of Arizona.Canotia Vol. 12 pp. 86-89.

Stromberg J.S., E. Makings, A. Eyden, R. Madera, J. Samsky III, F. Coburn, and B. Scott. 2016. Provincial and cosmopolitan: floristic composition of a dryland urban river. Urban Ecosystems 19:429-453.

Bateman, H. L., J. C. Stromberg, M. J. Banville, E. Makings, B. D. Scott, A. Suchy and D. Wolkis. 2014. Novel water sources restore plant and animal communities along an urban river. Ecohydrology Vol. 8:792-811.

Brown, D. E., and E. Makings.  2014.  A Guide to Grasslands of North America.  Desert Plants Vol. 29(2):160 pp. desert_plants_vol29-2_nagrasslands-_brown_makings.pdf

Makings, E. Vegetation and Flora of the St. David and Lewis Springs Cienegas, Cochise County, Arizona. In L. Collins, L. Eskew, J. Gottfried, et al., technical coordinators, Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III: Merging Science and Management in a Rapidly Changing World. Tucson, AZ.  Gen. Tech Rep. RM-GTR Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 

Makings, E., L. Butler, M. Chew, J. Stromberg.  2011. ‘Found then Drowned’ Noteworthy Collections from Tempe Towne Lake Riverbed. Desert Plants Vol. 27(1):3-10.

Makings, E. 2010.  Review of “Field Guide to Forest and Mountain Plants of Northern  Arizona” by J.D. Springer, M.L. Daniels, and M. Nazaire with forward by Bruce Babbitt. Canotia Vol. 6(1): 44-46.

Bates, S. T., F. Farruggia, E. Gilbert, R. Gutierrez, D. Jenke, E. Makings, E. Manton, D. Newton, and L.R. Landrum. 2009. Solanaceae, Potato Family, Part Two: key to the genera and Solanum L. Canotia Vol. 5 (1):1-16.

Makings, E. 2009. Elinor Lehto, Arizona Botanist, 1915–2009. Canotia Vol. 5 No. 1 pp. 53-55.

Stromberg, J., K. Bagstad, E. Makings. 2009. Floristic Diversity (of the San Pedro River), pp. 89-104. In Stromberg, J. and B. Tellmann: Ecology and Conservation of the San Pedro River. The University of Arizona Press. 529 pp.

Makings, E. 2006. Flora of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Desert Plants Vol. 22(2):104 pp.

Daniel, T. F., E. Makings, M. Chamberlain.  2005.  Additions to the Acanthaceae of Arizona.  Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences Vol. 56:88-90.

Stromberg J. C., K. J. Bagstad, J. Leenhouts, S. J. Lite, E. Makings. 2005. Effects of stream flow intermittency on riparian vegetation of a semiarid region river (San Pedro River, Arizona). River Research and Applications Vol. 21:925-938.

Makings, E. and J. Stromberg. 2003. Review of D. S. Correll and H. B. Correll, “Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southwestern United States.” Native Plants Journal.

Makings, E. 2002. Noteworthy collections, Arizona: Mancoa pubens (Brassicaceae) Madrono, Vol. 49(2):132-133.