Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

Algal Collection


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. Room 379 is in the west wing of the street level of Dickinson Hall on Museum Road, just west of Newell Drive. The on line UF campus map may help you locate Dickinson Hall on the University of Florida campus.


Monday - Friday 9am - 12 noon; 1 pm to 5 pm, except for holidays and subject to staff availability.
This collection is available for consulation by researchers only by appointment. Please contact the Collection Manager to arrange for consultation of specimens prior to your visit.

CONTACT INFORMATION (also see our complete Staff, Student and Associate Directory)
For inquiries and official correspondence, contact:

Kent D. Perkins
Manager of the Collection
University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)
Florida Museum of Natural History
379 Dickinson Hall
PO Box 110575
Gainesville, FL 32611-0575    USA

Telephone:        (352) 273-1990
FAX:              (352) 846-2016
EMail:            herb@[no spam]flmnh.ufl.edu

STAFF (also see our complete Staff, Student and Associate Directory)

Dr. Norris H. Williams
Telephone: (352) 273-1982
Email: orchid@[no spam]flmnh.ufl.edu
Projects/specialties: systematics and evolution of Orchidaceae

Manager of the Collection:
Kent D. Perkins
Telephone: (352) 273-1984
Email: kperkins@[no spam]flmnh.ufl.edu
Projects/specialties: herbarium computerization and data management; endangered species; types of the UF Herbarium


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.

Important collections include:

A comprensive 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:

Collection Database - 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.