Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University Herbarium (EMC)


Welcome to the Herbarium at Eastern Michigan University!

The Eastern Michigan University Herbarium (EMC) provides botanical resources, research facilities, and educational opportunities to the University and broader scientific community. The herbarium seeks to continue and develop the scientific acquisition, documentation and monitoring of the plants of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region including those that are threatened, endangered and rare.

The herbarium contains over 30,000 vascular plant specimens, mosses, fungi, and algae. Most specimens are from Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

The herbarium houses two additional collections of interest: EMC is home to a large collection of specimens from Dr. Prescott throughout North America in the mid-1900's and Dr. Robert Belcher's Senicio collections from Australia.

The herbarium is fully capable of exchanging and processing loans. The herbarium supports student and faculty research, teaching, and has recently incorporated GIS capabilities in its computer system.

In summer 2003, the herbarium was contracted to survey, using student assistants, vegetation types in the Pittsfield Preserve for Pittsfield Township, Washtenaw Co, Michigan and to produce GIS data files for the Township's use. We are currently databasing the collection and hope to begin digitizing specimens in the coming year.  


The herbarium is located on the second floor (room 255) of the newly renovated Science Complex on EMU's campus. Please stop by or contact the director for scheduling a visit.

Faculty Research

Margaret Hanes

Research Interests: My research explores the processes that create plant biodiversity by investigating the interaction between genetic change and ecology in a community context. I have two main systems in which I ask these questions: Malvaceae (Hibisceae) on Madagascar and Sarracenia (Sarraceniaceae) in North America.

Gary Hannan

Research Interests: My research focuses primarily in the reproductive biology of plants and on the effects of reproductive biology on genetic diversity and population processes. Current and past research has included Iris lacustris (Dwarf Lake Iris), Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris), Starflower (Trientalis borealis) and Caulophyllum (Berberidaceae).

Gary is also preparing taxonomic treatments of the genus Eriodictyon (Yerba Santa) and the poppy family (Papaveraceae) for the Flora of North America and The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California.  



Margaret Hanes

401M Mark Jefferson Science Complex

(734) 487-4394


Curatorial Assistants

Chelsea McIntyre

Megan Wiemer  

Student Opportunities

Undergraduate and Graduate students are a vital part of the herbarium's survival. There are diverese opportunities for students to work in our herbarium and acquire important skills and training in plant systematics, museum curation, and field research.  


The Michigan Flora is online! http://michiganflora.net/home.aspx

USDA Plants Database http://plants.usda.gov/java/

Tropicos (Missouri Botanical Garden databases) http://www.tropicos.org/