The University of Florida Algal Collection contains approximately 3,460 specimens. The overwhelming majority are macroalgae from the United States and adjacent international waters.
The collection includes specimens accumulated at FLAS over many decades and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission collection (STPE, aka Marine Research Lab, St. Petersburg, Florida) acquired in 2010.
Our algal collection is cataloged in the Macroalgal Herbarium Portal. This work was done by Carol Ann McCormick and staff at the University of North Carolina Herbarium with support by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Select “University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History (FLAS)” from the list to view our holdings:Search the Macroalgal Herbarium Portal
The algal collection of the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) is located at 379 Dickinson Hall in the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 12 noon; 1 pm to 5 pm, except for holidays and subject to staff availability. This collection is available for consultation by researchers only by appointment. Please contact the Collection Manager to arrange for consultation of specimens prior to your visit.
University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)
Florida Museum of Natural History
379 Dickinson Hall, 1659 Museum Rd.
PO Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800 USA
Telephone: (352) 273-1990
Dr. Lucas C. Majure
Curator of the Herbarium
Correspondent for administrative and grant-related matters
Phone: (352) 273-2102
Alan R. Franck
Manager of the Collection
Correspondent for loan, exchange, and collection database matters; scheduling a visit)
Phone: (352) 273-1984
Marc S. Frank
Correspondent for the Plant Identification and Information Service and volunteering
Phone: (352) 273-1994
Important collections include:
- Crystal River, Florida, material collected for a study related to the potential ecological impact of the Crystal River power plant.
- The Hourglass Cruises, material collected as part of a survey of the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico by the Marine Research Lab of the Florida Board of Conservation.
A comprehensive description of the collection was prepared by Carol Ann McCormick, et al., University of North Carolina, in 2015 in connection with the imaging and databasing of the collection for FLAS by UNC:
- McCormick, Carol Ann, Robert Kevan Schoonover, William Marinello, and Liane Salgado. 2015. University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS): Macroalgae Collection: an Overview. Published by the author, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 18 p..