Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210006
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006
614 Rieveschl Hall
Phone: (513) 556-9700
Fax: (513) 556-5299
About the Herbarium (CINC)
Welcome to the Margaret H. Fulford Herbarium at the University of Cincinnati also known by its official acronym CINC). We are located at the highest point on the University of Cincinnati campus, the 16th floor of Crosley Tower, room 1600. The herbarium at the University of Cincinnati was founded by Margaret Fulford in 1920s and has grown over the years through the work of prolific collectors and through acquisition of several large and important collections. Today, the herbarium houses around 125,000 specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, fungi, and algae, making it the third largest herbarium in Ohio. In addition to the large collection of regional and North American material, it also contains extensive collections from Europe, South America, the Caribbean Basin, Samoa, and China. Particular strengths of the herbarium are North American Sphagnum, South American and Caribbean Hepatics, North American Cladonia, and Trilliaceae. Click here for more information.
Other notable specimens include:
- Collections as safe havens for tardigrades. Former Curator Jerry Snider observed tardigrades emerging from rehydrated samples of old moss specimen. These observations led to a larger project, a grant and a Master's degree!
- Representatives of species collected on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
- Type specimens of numerous Trillium and Paris species described by Trilliaceae specialist and Associate Curator, Vic Soukup
- Flora of Samoa. C. G. Lloyd was one of the first major collectors to work in Samoa and his collections were the basis for his Flora of Samoa. The exsiccatae for the flora, nearly 450 specimens, is held at CINC
- Solanum baretiae, a new species described by Associate Curator, Eric Tepe and named after Jeanne Baret: botanist, exporer, and the first woman to circumnavigate the globe click for press on this new species
Please contact herbarium personnel for questions, loans, or to arrange a visit to the herbarium.
ECBR, Plant population biology and genetics, ecology, and evolution. Computer-based modeling of population genetics of establishing plant populations. Tropical rain forest biology.
Plant systematics, including taxonomy, phylogenetics, biogeography, and diversification of 'giant genera" - those with over 1000 species - including Piper (Piperaceae) and Solanum (Solanaceae). Evolution of ant-plant associations.
Plant population biology and genetics, including ecogenomics; speciation in plants, including integrative taxonomy in the plant genus Camassia; evolution of breeding systems, especially cleistogamy in violets and dioecy in Hawaiian taxa; ecological and genetic effects of habitat fragmentation; ecophysiological ecology; evolution of invasiveness; airbourne pollution effects on plants.
Vascular plants comprise about 2/3 of the collection. Important collections held at CINC include those of E. Lucy Braun and C. G. Lloyd. The latter includes ca. 25,000 specimens collected in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries from North America, Europe, Samoa, and other areas, which are on permanent loan from the Loyd Library (Lloyd's fungal herbarium is currently held at BPI). The herbarium is also especially rich in Trilliaceae (V. Soukup's collections from North America, China, and Japan, including types). Collections from the greater Cincinnati area are databased and accessible through the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
The bryophyte collection, with around 30,000 accessioned specimens and many yet to be accessioned specimens, is disproportionately large for a herbarium of this size. The richness of this collection is due largely to the work of two bryologists: M. Fulford and J. Snider. The collection is very diverse, taxonomically and geographically, but is very strong in regional and North American mosses, especially Sphagnum, and in South American and Caribbean hepatics. The bryophyte collection contains many types.
Lichens at CINC comprises ca. 7000 specimens, including an important collection of the genus Cladonia studied by A. Evans.
Fungal collections of ca. 5000 specimens, the majority of which are pre-1937 Ohio collections of W. B. Cooke. Algae Holdings of algae, mostly from North America, include ca. 1000 diverse specimens mounted on sheets, packets, and slides.
The herbarium has assorted seed and wood collections.
E. Lucy Braun's extensive archives are held at CINC. They occupy 21 feet of bookshelf space! (Photos and woodcuts from her books are housed at the Cincinnati Museum Center )
The herbarium has an extensive reprint collection of works by Margaret Fulford and E. Lucy Braun. These reprints are available upon request. Please contact the curator if interested.