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Biodiversity Blog


Revisiting Science History: John Edmonstone

guiana   1798 map of colony (from: Demerara & Essequibo) Great scientists don’t become great on their own. They have sources of support and inspiration from people who are often overlooked and uncredited for their contributions. One such individual almost lost to history is John Edmonstone, a freed slave who many historians feel was hu...

The History of UT's Herbaria

SpecimenThis article first appeared in the History Project for the Department of Integrative Biology on March 13, 2017    Lundell Herbarium 1964 specimen of Hibiscus lasiocarpus Cav. Few landmarks on the UT campus are as iconic as the Tower, visible to thousands daily as part of the Austin skyscape. Yet, not many people realize that eight...
Explorer and Botanist: Mary Sophie Young

Explorer and Botanist: Mary Sophie Young

This article first appeared on January 2, 2017 in the Department of Integrative Biology History Project. In 1912, Mary Sophie Young became the first official curator of the relatively new herbarium at UT, when the university was only 29 years old. In the short amount of time Young worked at UT before succumbing to cancer in 1919, she increased the ...