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Curatorial Assistant of the Harvard University Herbaria, Research Associate of the Herbaria and the Arnold Arboretum.
I am interested in the curation of natural history collections, the digitization of specimen data for understanding responses to environmental change, and the development of digital floras and interactive identification keys.
My doctoral research explored the responses of two fern species to experimental changes in nitrogen deposition and irradiance, and my masters research, the effects of watershed liming on understory vegetation. From July 1993 to October 2012, I edited treatments for the
Flora of China. I have built interactive identification keys, using the DELTA editor for inputting data from descriptions and outputting interactive keys for Intkey, NaviKey, and PathKey applications. From November 2012 to May 2013, I assisted with the digitization (minimal data capture and imaging) of lichen specimen labels, as part of the North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality & Change Project.
- Brach, A. R. 2013. Remembering Alexei K. Skvortsov – A Flora of China author and visiting botanist. Skvortsovia 1(1): 5-7.
- Brach, A. R. 2013. Albinism Found in Clonal Growth of Ailanthus altissima (Simaroubaceae). Rhodora 115: 197-200.
- Brach, A. R. 2013. Botanical Names Associated With Dr. Shiu Ying Hu. Taiwania 58(1): 67-75.
- Brach, A. R and D. E. Boufford. 2011. Why Are We Still Producing Paper Floras? Annals of Missouri Botanical Garden 98: 297–300.
- Brach, A. R. 2011. Cotoneaster. (pp. 298–307), in Watson M. et al. (eds.): Flora of Nepal. Vol. 3. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
- Brach, A. R. 2008. Exploring botanical history using Ancestry.com. Harvard Papers in Botany 13: 245–251.
- Brach, A. R. and H. Song. 2006. eFloras: New directions for online floras exemplified by the Flora of China Project. Taxon 55(1): 188–192.
- Brach, A. R. and H. Song. 2005. ActKey: a web-based interactive identification key program. Taxon 54(4): 1041–1046.
- Brach, A. R. and N. H. Xia. 2005. Saururaceae, Species Plantarum: Flora of the World Part 11: 1–12.
- Hurd, T. M., A. R. Brach, and D. J. Raynal. 1998. Response of understory vegetation of Adirondack forests to nitrogen additions. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 28: 799–807.
- Smallidge, P. J., A. R. Brach, and I. R. Mackun. 1993. Effects of watershed liming on terrestrial ecosystem processes. Environmental Reviews 1: 157–171.
- Wu Z. Y., P. H. Raven, and D. Y. Hong (eds.) 1994-2013. Flora of China. Science Press & Missouri Botanical Garden. (as Editor)
brach (at) oeb.harvard.edu
Harvard University Herbaria, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-2094 U.S.A.