Curator, A. C. Moore Herbarium
Ph.D., 2019, University of South Carolina
Herrick Brown serves as Curator of the A. C. Moore Herbarium in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South
Carolina. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Assistant Botanist for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Heritage Trust Program and acted as an official liaison between the
herbarium and SCDNR. In addition to his involvement with the South
Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance, Herrick serves as a Member at Large for the
South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council. Regionally, he serves as
Data Manager for the (SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise and
Collections portal and is actively engaged in related projects (Plants &
Planter, Historic Southern
Naturalists) aimed at the digitization of biodiversity collections and related archival materials.
Herrick’s research goals involve mobilizing biodiversity collections information for use in salient research applications.
For example, herbarium specimens provide a snapshot of what plants were doing (flowering, fruiting, just growing a new leaf) at a
particular place and time. This sort information, when considered across multiple specimens, can be used to understand patterns in
species distrubtions or the seasonal timing of reproductive events. Since some herbarium specimens were collected many years ago
during the 19th century, it is possible to document changes in the timing of seasonal expression (phenology) in plants
which has been attributed to changes in climate conditions. Specifically, Herrik's research interests involve dispersal potential
for plant species endemic to the Southeastern United States, Species Distribution Modeling, and the potential impacts that forecast
climate conditions may have on conservation efforts aimed at habitat preservation and plant community composition.
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