Ecosystem Change – Plotting with Plant Collections
Title: Ecosystem Change – Plotting with Plant Collections
Air Date: January 15, 2015
Series:Smithsonian Science How webcasts, which are designed to connect natural history science and research to upper-elementary and middle-school students.
This video features Rusty Russell, former Botany Collections Manager at the National Museum of Natural History. Rusty managed collections activities in the U.S. National Herbarium, a research collection that contains more than 5 million pressed, dried plant specimens. What is the point of keeping so many plant specimens? Take a journey with Rusty to see how plant collections can be used to map ecosystem changes over time. Visit a part of Southern California that experienced a dramatic shift in plant species composition during the 20th century. See how students and other volunteers can be instrumental in collecting data to tell the story of ecosystem change.