Who cares for the herbarium?

The person who takes care of the herbarium is called the curator, from the Latin for "one who takes care". In addition to maintaining and adding specimens to the collection, the curator prepares specimens for lending to researchers at other institutions. The curator is also actively involved in a variety of field research projects, mostly documenting plant distributions in the Georgia coastal plain region. These and other research projects involve extensive collection of voucher specimens which are routinely added to the herbarium. The Director the Valdosta State University Herbarium is Dr. Richard Carter who also teaches in the Biology Department at Valdosta State, and questions about identification and distribution of plants of the Georgia coastal plain may be addressed to him at rcarter@valdosta.edu.