Herbarium Director - Dr. Rebecca Dolan
has an undergraduate degree in Botany from the University of Michigan and
a PhD in Botany from the University of Georgia. She worked as an environmental
consultant conducting endangered species inventories for environmental
impact reports in California before moving to Indiana.
Rebecca's teaching experience includes stints as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wabash College and at Butler University and serving as a member of the Honor's Faculty at Butler. She has taught botany, ecology and introductory biology for majors and non-majors. Dr. Dolan often teaches a course in Disease Ecology for Honors Program students as well as a course in Local Flora of Indiana.
Research Interests: I am interested in the biology and natural history of Indiana plants. I am working with a group of botanists throughout the state to computerize our Herbarium specimen records and to produce an atlas of plant distributions. In addition, I am conducting field and laboratory studies of rare native plants. Goals of the study are to use data from demographic and genetic studies to determine the health of remnant populations and to develop management strategies for their conservation. I am also involved with a group studying the success of a massive prairie restoration The Nature Conservancy is undertaking in northwestern Indiana. I seek student involvement in database management, herbarium operations, field checks of plant occurrences, and genetic studies using starch gel electrophoresis of isozymes.
Herbarium Assistant - Marcia Moore
Marcia Moore has undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Purdue University and a Master's degree in Biological Sciences from Butler University. She has worked as a research assistant at the International Ground Water Modeling Center, Holcomb Research Institute and as an environmental consultant to the Indiana Environmental Institute. For the past 14 years she has been the Friesner Herbarium Assistant and has worked on a variety of projects including building the Herbarium specimen database, assisting Dr. Dolan in plant inventory projects for the IndyParks Department, and designing the web sites for the Herbarium, the Butler Biology Department, the Indiana Academy of Science (IAS), the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS), and the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN).
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