A monograph of lichens found in Britain

being a descriptive catalogue of the species in the herbarium of the British Museum.

By British Museum (Natural History). Department of Botany.

Crombie, James Morrison, 1833-1906 ;Smith, Annie Lorrain, 1854-1937

Publication info London,Printed by Order of the Trustees,1894-1911.

Contributor:Cornell University Library



Every few years, these behind-the-scenes photos of our National Museum of Natural History go viral. 

With less than one percent of the museum’s collection on display at any given time, we need a lot of drawers. 

These images, captured over the course of almost 20 years, show the vastness and variety of specimens in storage but also represent very active science that goes on at the museum. What do we do with all those birds? They allow researchers to study a species’ variability, to learn how environments change over time, and to access raw data for continual investigation as the field advances. 

The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museum by @smithsonianmag


Natural history museums are truly awesome and astonishing places, but did you know that they’re home to even more specimens than what they have out on display? The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C. maintains a vast collection of specimens that’s over 90% larger than what’s on public display.

“These collections serve as primary reference materials for exploring and understanding the solid Earth and planet, biological and cultural diversity, evolutionary relationships, biological conservation, and global change. They help us to interpret our biological origins, our cultural heritage, and what the future may hold.”

Messy Nessy recently shared a fascinating series of photos of some of the Smithsonian NMNH’s backstage collections, enormous rooms full of seemingly endless drawers, shelves, racks, and cabinets all full of carefully cataloged and organized specimens from many different branches of natural history. The photos were all taken by the late Chip Clark, photographer for the Smithsonian Institution.

Head over to Messy Nessy to view more.

[via Messy Nessy Chic]

April is National Garden Month! These delicate blooms were documented in the gardens of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace in 1797 by Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin, a Dutch-born botanist and chemist who traveled the world collecting plants.

The flowers pictured here were at the time identified as Ixia maculata, a member of the iris family, commonly known as the “Spotted African Cornlily”. They are in Plantarum rariorum horti caesarei Schoenbrunnensis…[Descriptions and pictures of rare plants in the gardens of Schönbrunn castle] (1797-1804) by Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin, from our Cullman Rare Book Library.


The Brain Scoop:
Periods + Fieldwork

Wherein I answer one of my FAQs: what are some practical ways scientists manage menstruation while conducting fieldwork, oftentimes in remote locations, and for long periods (PUN) of time?! The information in this video comes from the first-hand experience of researchers, hikers, campers, explorers, wanderlust seekers, and yes, yours truly. We learned the hard way, so you don’t have to.

Happy exploring! 

See that flower? It’s the Kankakee Mallow (Iliamna remota), and it’s one of the rarest plants in the world. Its species is only found on a single, 700m-long island in the middle of the Kankakee River here in Illinois. Today, I got to be one of the first people in over a decade to see it in bloom. New video coming soon! (at Kankakee River State Park Illinois)

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