The Hodgdon Herbarium is an important resource for the support of research and teaching at the University of New Hampshire, as well as a source of information for scientists at other colleges and universities and federal, state, and private agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the N.H. Natural Heritage Bureau, and The Nature Conservancy. The herbarium contains a combination of historic and recently collected specimens, including a number of nomenclatural type specimens and voucher specimens supporting taxonomic, molecular systematic, ecological, and biogeographic research. The herbarium provides a wealth of biogeographic and ecological habitat data in its specimen labels, and the plants themselves are a valuable source of information on species morphology and variability. The collections have historical value in documenting changes in the flora of the region, in features such as occurrence, abundance, and flowering time. Our specimens also serve as an important reference in the identification of plant specimens, including poisonous plants, invasive taxa, and species of conservation concern in the state and region. Details of ongoing research activities can be found on the Department of Biological Sciences home page and on individual faculty pages.
The Hodgden Herbarium is currently compiling its collections for the Virtual Herbarium Project. Click here to learn more.