Inaugural Meeting of TORCH: registration deadline
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Wed Apr 19 09:37:26 CDT 2006
Inaugural Meeting of TORCH-Registration Deadline is Friday, April 21!
The Texas Oklahoma Regional Consortium of
Herbaria (TORCH) is being developed to advocate
for and to organize herbaria in Texas and
Oklahoma. Four primary goals of TORCH are
Provide a mechanism for communication and
collaboration among regional herbaria of all
types and sizes
Promote regional data sharing and plant
taxonomic and collections-based research
Function as a regional consortium in the
developing national network of herbaria
Assist herbaria with infrastructural and
management guidelines and problem solving
The inaugural meeting of TORCH will be held
Saturday May 6, 2006 at the Botanical Research
Institute of Texas (BRIT) and the Fort Worth
Botanic Garden, in Fort Worth, Texas. All
herbarium representatives, those who work with
plant collections in Texas and Oklahoma, and
interested botanists are invited to attend.
The meeting program will have three primary
components: 1) presentations by representatives
from regional herbaria; 2) invited presentations
on collections-based activities and initiatives
impacting herbaria in Texas and Oklahoma; and 3)
a group discussion focused on herbarium issues
and the organization of TORCH. Additionally,
there will be a Saturday evening mixer, dinner,
and presentation. The Botanical Research
Institute of Texas (BRIT) is sponsoring the
More information on TORCH and the upcoming
meeting is available at the Herbarium
Collaborative site at
"Regional Networks." Please join the Herbarium
Collaborative and log in to download the full
program, maps, and hotel information.
Invited Speakers and Titles
George Diggs, "The Illustrated Texas Floras project"
Ron Tyrl, "The Flora of Oklahoma project: a
committee writes keys and descriptions"
Tom Wendt, "Online resources of the Plant
Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin"
Hugh Wilson, "The Digital Flora of Texas
project: an exercise in collaboration, consensus,
and web-based data flow"
Bruce Hoagland, "The Oklahoma Vascular Plants Database project"
Amanda Neill, "Atrium: A Biodiversity
Information System for the Andes to Amazon Botany
project at BRIT"
Justin Williams* and William Lutterschmidt,
"Determining large scale data gaps in museum
collections using species area relationships."
Wayne Elisens, "Strategies for keeping herbaria
alive and afloat: it's not your major professor's
Tim Lowrey* and Alan Prather, "United we stand
- why it's important to build collaborative
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