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Sarah Tayor

Collections Manager


A recent New England transplant to South Carolina, Sarah's botanical experience extends from the coastal plain kettle ponds of Cape Cod, to remote gypsum outcrops of the Chihuahuan Desert, to the (literally!) breathtaking vistas of the alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Texas at Austin examined the evolution of edaphic endemism in Nama (Hydrophyllaceae), using morphological and molecular systematics methods to investigate what patterns we can observe to explain how approximately 20% of the species in this group became partially or totally restricted to gypsum deposits. After graduate school, Sarah settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She led hikes interpreting the flora of Mount Goliath at 12,000 feet, conducted a floristic survey of the 700-acre Chatfield Farms facility of the Denver Botanic Gardens, and discovered a love of snowshoeing.

In addition to mounting plants, filing specimens, and adding newly accessioned specimens into our online database system (Specify6), Sarah is involved in two major initiatives at the herbarium: Cataloging the remaining estimated 24,000 specimens that have not yet been entered into Specify (out of a total of over 120,000 specimens), and remounting, conserving, and digitizing the 19th-Century specimens comprising the Henry William Ravenel collection.



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