Cyrus Pringle Herbarium
      The Pringle Herbarium                                             
                  The Plant Biology Department at the University of Vermont                        




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David S. Barrington, Curator


Dave Barrington was educated at Bates College and Harvard University, where he specialized in the diversity and evolution of plants.  He has since been at the University of Vermont, beginning as Curator of the Pringle Herbarium, a post he still holds. His teaching at the University has included introductory biology as well as advanced courses in the diversity and evolution of flowering plants and ferns. He has been teaching plant diversity and evolution in Costa Rica throughout his career because of his interest in the ecology and geography of flowering plants, especially in the tropics. Dave is the author of an array of publications on fern and flowering plant diversity and biogeography. His primary research work is a set of inquiries into the diversity and evolution of tropical American and Asian ferns in the context of their geographic history. A second research direction has been to document the genetic diversity of plants in the New England flora with the goal of inferring their post-glacial biogeographic history. The New England activity includes work on the genetic diversity and harvester impacts on fiddlehead ferns in Vermont and on refugia and post-glacial migration in the
     beach pea, in relation to its endangered Vermont populations. Undergraduates are prominent in all of his research activities. In addition,
     he has served as President of the New England Botanical Club and as Chair of the Plant Biology Department at UVM.



Dorothy J. Allard, Assistant Curator and Digital Herbarium Coordinator


Dorothy J. Allard holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of South Carolina, an M.Sc. in Botany from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Cambridge University. She works with staff and students to image and database plant specimens and their label data, and to make the data available through the internet.



 















   



Michael Sundue, Assistant Curator and Research Librarian


Michael Sundue's duties at the herbarium include the curation and development of both the Pringle Herbarium, and the Tryon Pteridophyte Library. He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Vermont and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biology from The New York Botanical Garden's systematic botany program through the CUNY Graduate Program. His research is focused on the
evolution and systematics of tropical ferns and lycophytes. He is currently working on an analysis of relationships within the grammitid ferns (Polypodiaceae), using molecular, and morphological data, in collaboration with Tom Ranker (National Science Foundation), Cliff Morden (University of Hawaii, Manoa) and Barbara Parris. Grammitids are a clade of about 900 primarily epiphytic species that display a wide range of morphological variation. These phylogenies will be used for the study of character evolution, and to resolve the circumscription of genera, which has been problematic.




Hilda White, Collections Manager


Hilda White has been a volunteer at the herbarium since 1998, after she retired from being a chemistry lab technician. She has taken on the role of mounting specimens, supervising work-study students and teaching proper mounting techniques to visiting classes. To date she has mounted over 30,000 specimens.













Elizabeth (B.J.) Allen, Collections Manager


Elizabeth Allen has been a volunteer at the herbarium since 2002, after she retired from being the director of the cytogenetics lab at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She manages specimen loans, exchanges and inquiries.










 














Audrey Clark, Digital Herbarium Specialist


Audrey Clark’s favorite thing in the whole world is hiking around outside and exploring in a sciency sort of way—and doing something good with what she learns.  Audrey attended Prescott College, in the central highlands of Arizona, where she fell in love with natural history and with the desert. She recently received her Master’s of Science degree in the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. Audrey currently assists with “digitizing” specimens (moving images and data into the virtual landscape) at the Pringle Herbarium. She especially loves the visceral feeling of historical vertigo she gets when handling very old specimens.  She is also the unofficial volunteer cataloguer of the Pringle Herbarium’s historical archives. When she’s not at the herbarium, Audrey is a freelance environmental reporter and is trying haphazardly to learn lichens, mosses, liverworts, and slime molds—
as well as everything else.