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Curatorial Assistant of the Harvard University Herbaria, Research Associate of the Herbaria and the Arnold Arboretum.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications


Contact Information

brach (at) oeb.harvard.edu
Harvard University Herbaria, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-2094 U.S.A.