The Caribbean region is one of the world's most complex archipelagos and is considered among the top three most important biodiversity hotspots. This floristically rich region is in a state of ecological flux through both natural processes and man-made ones. Nature and society are a critical juncture since land use patterns are changing fast affecting vegetation and shifting species composition and community structure in ways we are just beginning to understand. Documentation of present biological diversity is critical for reconstructing the past and anticipating the future. With herbarium collections serving as a storehouse of such basic data, safeguarding collections and making them optimally accessible is key for enriching a broad spectrum of studies. For some projects, studying and examining actual specimens is indispensable, but for many others, quick verification of identification and the habit, habitat, phenology and distribution data from labels could be obtained through digital images and electronic databases.
The herbarium of the Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras (UPRRP) is set up to be a reference collection not only for Puerto Rico, but also for the whole Caribbean Basin. Our Herbarium is presently one of the Caribbean's most active in growth and in the provision of research specimens. Our current holdings are over 48,000 specimens including Tracheophytes, Bryophytes, Algae and Fungi. Because most of the UPRRP collection is recent, data associated with the specimens is generally more complete than that of much older material. Thus, its strength lies in the robustness of information reflecting the Caribbean's recent past.
This online service provides access to herbarium specimen data and images at the UPRRP Herbarium in Puerto Rico. The online service is now being developed and we are uploading data and images as these become avalable.
Locality information on rare species may be restricted online. Contact the Herbarium Director for information.
Dr. James D. Ackerman
tel: (787) 764 0000 ext. 2023
Herbarium Department of Biology
University of Puerto Rico- Río Piedras
P.O. Box 23360
San Juan, PR 00931-3360
Aside from institutional consultations and every day use of collections and facilities, UPRRP receives visitors who have used our facilities and consulted our collections for their research or teaching projects. The herbarium also offers tours of facilities and demostrations of curatorial and field collecting techniques.
UPRRP is operated by the Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus.
The Herbarium is funded by the Biology Department and the National Science Foundation
All material may be protected under copyright laws. UPRRP Herbarium Copyright © 2005 - 2013