A Historical Perspective on Chicago Area Botany
Burger, William C .
Botany at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois.
The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 gave rise to the Field Museum. Exposition materials became the foundation of our economic botany collections. In 1910, B. E. Dahlgren began a fabrication laboratory, producing life-like plant models for public exhibition. Charles F. Millspaugh, Botany's first curator, working in the Bahamas and the Yucatan peninsula, began the department's focus on the Neotropics. J. Francis Macbride initiated the Flora of Peru; he photographed types in European herbaria. Paul C. Standley's many publications, and a unique ability to identify tropical species, expanded the Museum's influence. While in Chicago, Julian Steyermark worked on the floristics of Missouri, Venezuela and Guatemala. Louis Williams acquired NSF funding for field work, while completing the Flora of Guatemala. Rolf Singer joined the museum in 1968, and mycology remains a major focus of study. Bryophytes, angiosperms and conservation are also areas of continuing research at the museum.
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1 - The Field Museum, Department of Botany, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605-2496, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: Williford C/Hilton
Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
Time: 8:15 AM