Research and Resources at the Herbarium

Ongoing Projects

Currently, the herbarium has three National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects:

GLOBAL Bryophyte and Lichen Thematic Collections Network (TCN)
All-Asia Thematic Collections Network (TCN)
CSBR: Natural History: Relocation and critical upgrades to storage, curation, and digital access to the Margaret H. Fulford Herbarium at the University of Cincinnati

We are currently hiring on these projects for undergraduate students. If you are interested in working with us, please contact Olivia Leek.

Community Connections

The University of Cincinnati Herbarium contributed to the Local Flora Project at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is a searchable database through FloraFinder. The Local Flora Project is a study of the changes in the Greater Cincinnati region have affected flora in the area over the past 200 years.

The Margaret H. Fulford Herbarium serves as the official herbarium for the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. The Spring Grove Arboretum is a historic and nationally accredited site with a mission to collect and display both native and nonnative woody plants used in managed landscapes throughout the Midwest, thereby promoting the indispensable relationship between plants and people.

CINC in the News

December, 2020: UC News, Michael Miller – UC Covers Two Centuries of Botany

November, 2020: UC News, Michael Miller – UC Contributes to Global Plant Database.

September, 2019: UC News, Melissa Lynn Cox Norris – UC Presents “200 Years of Curation.”

November, 2018: UC News, Michael Miller – University of Cincinnati’s Botany Collection Goes Digital. (Also posted here on iDigBio)

October, 2017: UC Magazine, Michael Miller – The Taxonomist

August, 2004: UC Profiles, Billie Dziech – Volunteer Curates McMicken’s Not-So-Secret Herbarium

Past Projects

Below is a list of publications citing CINC specimens: 2011–present
*student publications


Kirkbride, J.H. and Olsen, R.T., 2011. Neotypification of Catalpa speciosa (Bignoniaceae). Taxon, 60(6), pp.1760–1763.


*Stokes, R.L., 2012. Pollination Ecology, Self–incompatibility and Genetic Diversity in the Herbaceous Eastern North American Spring Ephemeral, Erythronium americanum (Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati).

Tepe, E.J., Ridley, G. and Bohs, L., 2012. A new species of Solanum named for Jeanne Baret, an overlooked contributor to the history of botany. PhytoKeys, (8), p.37.


*Avanesyan, A., 2014. Plant DNA detection from grasshopper guts: a step-by-step protocol, from tissue preparation to obtaining plant DNA sequences. Applications in plant sciences, 2(2), p.1300082.

Lentz, D.L., Dunning, N.P., Scarborough, V.L., Magee, K.S., Thompson, K.M., Weaver, E., Carr, C., Terry, R.E., Islebe, G., Tankersley, K.B. and Sierra, L.G., 2014. Forests, fields, and the edge of sustainability at the ancient Maya city of Tikal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(52), pp.18513–18518.

Tepe, E.J., Rodríguez–Castañeda, G., Glassmire, A.E. and Dyer, L.A., 2014. Piper kelleyi, a hotspot of ecological interactions and a new species from Ecuador and Peru. PhytoKeys, (34), p.19.


Andreas, B. K. 2015. Diphyscium mucronifolium rediscovered in Ohio. Obelisk 12(1): 3–4.

*Archibald, J.K., Kephart, S.R., Theiss, K.E., Petrosky, A.L. and Culley, T.M., 2015. Multilocus phylogenetic inference in subfamily Chlorogaloideae and related genera of Agavaceae–Informing questions in taxonomy at multiple ranks. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 84: 266–283.

Pócs, T., Zhu, R.L., Reiner–Drehwald, E., Söderström, L., Hagborg, A. and Von Konrat, M., 2015. Notes on Early Land Plants Today. 71. New synonyms, new names and new combinations in Lejeuneaceae (Marchantiophyta). Phytotaxa, 208(1), pp.97–102.

*Podaril, Amy Lynn. 2015. Southeast Iowa lichen diversity and elemental analysis. (Master’s Thesis, Iowa State University)

*Thompson, K.M., Hood, A., Cavallaro, D. and Lentz, D.L., 2015. Connecting contemporary ecology and ethnobotany to ancient plant use practices of the Maya at Tikal. Tikal: Paleoecology of an ancient Maya city, pp.124–151.

*Thompson, K.M., Culley, T.M., Zumberger, A.M. and Lentz, D.L., 2015. Genetic variation and structure in the neotropical tree, Manilkara zapota (L) P. Royen (Sapotaceae) used by the ancient Maya. Tree Genetics & Genomes, 11(3), pp.1–13.


*Glassmire, A.E., Jeffrey, C.S., Forister, M.L., Parchman, T.L., Nice, C.C., Jahner, J.P., Wilson, J.S., Walla, T.R., Richards, L.A., Smilanich, A.M. and Leonard, M.D., 2016. Intraspecific phytochemical variation shapes community and population structure for specialist caterpillars. New Phytologist, 212(1), pp.208–219.

Haughian, S.R., Bagnell, B.A., Daley, E., Frego, K.A., Smith, L. and Clayden, S.R., 2016. A Checklist of the Marchantiophyta and Anthocerotophyta of New Brunswick, Canada. Northeastern Naturalist, 23(m13), pp.1–35.


Andreas, B.K. and D. Lucas. 2017. Additions to the Ohio Moss Atlas: Contributions by a Group of Amateur and Professional Bryologists. Evansia 34(4): 156-166.

Conover, D.G., 2017. Foliar Spraying with Glyphosate Kills Invasive Five-leaf Aralia in a Wooded Natural Area (Ohio). Ecological Restoration, 35(2), pp.85–86.

Conover D.G., T. Sisson, D. Boone, and M.M. Riestenberg. 2017. List of Vascular Plants of Bender Mountain Preserve (Including Adjacent Parts of the Delhi Township Property and Sister’s Hill). Ohio Biological Survey Notes 7: 21-33.

Jahner, J.P.. M.L. Forister, T.L. Parchman, A.M. Smilanich, J.S. Miller, J.S. Wilson, T.R. Walla, E.J. Tepe, L.A. Richards, M.A. Quijano-Abril, A.E. Glassmire, and L.A. Dyer. 2017. Host conservatism, geography, and elevation in the evolution of a Neotropical moth radiation. Evolution, 71(12), 2885-2900.

Olsen, R.T. and J. H. Kirkbride, Jr. 2017. A taxonomic revision of the genus Catalpa (Bignoniaceae). Brittonia 69(3): 387-421.

Sparks, J.M. 2017. Characterizing Spatial Patterns for Natural and Anthropogenic Atmospheric Sulfur in Terrestrial Biological Systems. Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati.

Vincent, M.A., 2017. Trifolium hatschbachii (Fabaceae, Papilionoideae), a new species from Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Phytologia 99: 111–115.


Bates, S.T., A.N. Miller, and the Macrofungi Collections and Microfungi Collections Consortia. 2018. The protochecklist of North American nonlichenized Fungi, Mycologia, 110: 1222–1348, DOI: 10.1080/00275514.2018.1515410

*Harmon, A.L. 2018. Herbarium collections management. Internship report in satisfaction of Master’s Degree in the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. (Master’s Report, Miami University)

Mauz, K. 2018. C. G. Pringle: Botanist, Traveler, and the Flora of the Pacific Slope. New York Botanical Garden Press, NY. 760pp.

Studlar, S.M. and L. Fuselier. 2018. The 2016 Crum Workshop: Bryophytes of the Red River Gorge Geological Area, Kentucky. Evansia 35: 6–23.

Yoder, J.A., C.J. Dobrotka, K.A. Fisher, A.P. LeBarge, P.J. Pekins, and S. McLellan. 2018. Entomopathogenic fungi of the winter tick in moose wallows: a possible bio-control for adult moose?

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