Welcome to the Kansas State University Herbarium!

The Kansas State University Herbarium (KSC) is a research natural history museum that serves as a foundational resource for studies of plant biodiversity. The Herbarium was established ca. 1877 and today contains over 180,000 specimens of plants from around the world, including vascular plants and bryophytes, with a focus on the Great Plains of North America.

Herbarium core values:
  • Discovery, curiosity: promote the advancement of scientific knowledge of plant diversity.
  • Stewardship: ensure the permanent preservation and protection of our collections and associated data, following best practices of the natural history collections community.
  • Access: promote access to plant specimens, biodiversity data and knowledge.
  • Learning: foster learning among our broad diversity of users.
Herbarium staff:

Carolyn Ferguson, Professor and Curator
Sarah De Groot, Postdoctoral Researcher and Acting Curator
Mark Mayfield, Research Faculty

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