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Animal, Mineral, Vegetable... and Digital

A photo of early-20th century UW science hall
March 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Wisconsin Historical Society • Lecture Hall • Madison
A panel discussion
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street Lecture Hall
54705 Madison , WI

In this era of rapid environmental change, the animal, mineral, and plant specimens preserved in natural history collections offer a crucial window into the past. Around the world, natural history curators are digitizing their collections to offer scientists greater access for specimen-based research and the development of long-range datasets. Learn more about Wisconsin’s early specimen collectors and UW-Madison’s effort to make its own natural history collections available online from curators and experts in the field including Ken Cameron, Laura Monahan, Craig Brabant, Carrie Eaton, and Martha Glowacki. 

Free and open to the public with advance online registration.

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Craig Brabant is the Curator of the Wisconsin Insect Research Collection (WIRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The WIRC houses over 3 million curated and another 5 million+ uncurated specimens.

Kenneth Cameron is Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, though his primary laboratory research interests focus on the systematics, evolution, structure, and conservation of orchids (Orchidaceae) based on integrated studies carried out in the field, herbarium, library, and laboratory.

Carrie Eaton is a UW-Madison alumna, having received an MS in Geoscience in 2004. She’s honed her geology skills working for the National Park Service, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She has served as Museum Curator at the UW Geology Museum since 2009.

Martha Glowacki is a sculptor and installation artists whose work is shown on a regional and national level. She is particularly interested in the intersections between visual art and the natural sciences.

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