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Plants of Arkansas: Discovery and Dissemination


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Contact

Travis Marsico

Organization

Arkansas State University

Partners

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission Herbarium (ANHC), Arkansas State University Herbarium (STAR), Arkansas Tech University Herbarium (APCR), Henderson State University Herbarium (HEND), Hendrix College Herbarium (HXC), University of Arkansas Herbarium (UARK), University of Arkansas at Monticello Herbarium (UAM), University of Central Arkansas Herbarium (UCAC), Arkansas Native Plant Society, Arkansas Master Gardeners, Arkansas Master Naturalists

Funding Source

National Science Foundation award 1410098 to Principal Investigator, Travis Marsico, in Arkansas. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Description

Releasing 150 years of accumulated biodiversity knowledge in the Natural State.

Plants of Arkansas is a data-generating collaboration between professional botanists, amateur naturalists, gardeners, educators, students, and citizen scientists. The goal of the project is to make available to the research community and the public the natural history record of Arkansas plant specimens. It is from these specimens, maintained in herbaria, that we can know what plant species grow in Arkansas and where they can be found. From this accumulated knowledge we can answer scientific questions on topics of taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, biodiversity, species invasions, climate change, and conservation. Until now, the specimens and data they contain have been difficult to access due to the protocols necessary to ensure long-term preservation and utility of scientific research-grade natural history collections. Now, with advances in digital technology, specimen images and data can be made available to a wide variety of science and non-science users. Images of Plants of Arkansas are being added to the public data portal every day. The Plants of Arkansas project is designed to engage students and citizen science volunteers to release the data associated with these specimen images to transform biological research and biodiversity conservation in the digital age. Arkansas is a diverse state with more than 2,700 species of vascular plants that are native or naturalized. With its six major natural divisions, the landscape is also diverse. Keeping the Natural State natural requires a sophisticated understanding of its species and where they live.

Incentives

Geographic Scope

State of Arkansas

Taxonomic Scope

Vascular Plants

Temporal Scope

1800s - present

Language Skills Required

English

Activities

Expeditions

23 Expeditions 98266 Transcriptions 1441 Transcribers

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Plants of Arkansas: skeletal records for our southernmost herbarium (Part I)

Help us transcribe skeletal data to know the identity and geographic information of specimens in this collection!

13365 Transcriptions

44.55% Completed


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Plants of Arkansas: The Delta and Crowley’s Ridge Flora (Part VI)

The Delta and Crowley's Ridge Flora--The Arkansas Delta Region is a vastly under-explored region of the Natural State in need.

3829 Transcriptions

25.70% Completed


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Plants of Arkansas: Discovering Dogwoods

There is more to this plant family than the widely recognized flowering dogwood.

1327 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Hear Them Ring: Bellflowers of Arkansas

Members of the Campanulaceae family are called the bellflowers, and they include bellflowers, lobelias, and Venus' looking glass.

1770 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Arkansas: The Delta and Crowley's Ridge Flora

The Arkansas Delta Region is a vastly under-explored region of the Natural State in need of conservation.

2827 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Arkansas Dendrology: Part I: Gymnosperms--16 September 2016

Study specimens for tmarsico's class

778 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Arkansas Dendrology: Part 2: Magnolias, pawpaws, sassafras, and Dutchman's pipe--19 September 2016

Study specimens for tmarsico's class

948 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Herbaceous Plants of the Ouachita Mountains

Herbaceous plant families from four herbaria representing collections made in the 14 Ouachita Mountains counties of Arkansas

11837 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Arkansas Dendrology: Part 3: Greenbriars, moonseeds, sycamores, witch hazels, and sweetgum--10 October 2016

A continuation of the Fall 2016 A-State Dendrology class assignment

764 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Arkansas Dendrology: Part 4: Grapes, willows, poplars, locusts, redbuds, and mimosas--17 October 2016

A continuation of the Fall 2016 A-State Dendrology class assignment

665 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Arkansas Dendrology: Part 5: Blackberries, cherries, hawthorns, buckthorns, elms, hackberries, and mulberries--24 October 2016

A continuation of the Fall 2016 A-State Dendrology class assignment

1627 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Arkansas Dendrology: Part 6: White Oaks

A continuation of the Fall 2016 A-State Dendrology class assignment

791 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Arkansas Dendrology: Part 7: Red Oaks--28 November 2016

A continuation of the Fall 2016 A-State Dendrology class assignment

1947 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Arkansas Dendrology: Part 8: Hickories and Walnuts--5 December 2016

A continuation of the Fall 2016 A-State Dendrology class assignment

1835 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Arkansas: Arkansas Delta and Crowley's Ridge Flora (Part II)

The Arkansas Delta Region is a vastly under-explored region of the Natural State in need of conservation.

11900 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Arkansas: The Delta and Crowley’s Ridge Flora (Part III)

The Delta and Crowley's Ridge Flora--The Arkansas Delta Region is a vastly under-explored region of the Natural State in need.

3689 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Arkansas: The Delta and Crowley's Ridge Flora (Part IV)

The Delta and Crowley's Ridge Flora--The Arkansas Delta Region is a vastly under-explored region of the Natural State in need.

15010 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Arkansas: The Delta and Crowley’s Ridge Flora (Part V)

The Delta and Crowley's Ridge Flora--The Arkansas Delta Region is a vastly under-explored region of the Natural State in need.

471 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Northwest Arkansas: The Flora of Washington County

Washington County, AR, is a rapidly developing county. Help scientists catalog all plant specimens as they compile a flora for conservation.

12041 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Northwest Arkansas: The Flora of Benton County

Benton County, AR, is a rapidly developing county. Help scientists catalog all plant specimens as they compile a flora for conservation.

5740 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Northwest Arkansas: The Flora of Benton and Washington Counties

Northwest Arkansas is one of the most rapidly developing areas in the US. Help scientists catalog plant specimens as they compile a flora.

499 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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cARexpedition: Carex sedge exploration in Arkansas

Many Carex species grow at the limits of their ranges in Arkansas. Help us explore the distribution of sedges!

2662 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


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Plants of Arkansas: digitizing Hendrix College's collection

Help us finish transcribing Hendrix's collection!

8533 Transcriptions

100.00% Completed


Events


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Starting Thu, Oct 17, 2019 12:00 AM

Arkansas's WeDigBio Transcription Blitz

Thu, Oct 17, 2019 12:00 AM To Sun, Oct 20, 2019 10:30 PM America/Chicago
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Plants of Arkansas: Discovery and Dissemination Transcription Chart

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