UW-Green Bay will name its herbarium the Gary A. Fewless Herbarium in a ceremony this Friday afternoon (May 2) on campus. Chancellor Tom Harden approved the honor in recognition of Fewless’s 33-year career and dedication to the herbarium, the plants and natural areas of Northeastern Wisconsin, and UW-Green Bay. Fewless will retire this summer. As Herbarium curator and a lecturer in botany and ecology, he has mentored hundreds of students in his Field Botany, Plant Taxonomy and Wetland Ecology courses and he has built the herbarium collection into what is described as Northeastern Wisconsin’s most important botanical research center. Now housing more than 35,000 specimens (the majority collected by Fewless), UW-Green Bay’s herbarium on the first floor of MAC Hall is one of the most significant regional scientific collections in Wisconsin. Fewless, who holds bachelor’s (’78) and master’s (’86) degrees from UW-Green Bay, took a lead in posting resources and photographs online (such as “Trees of Wisconsin”). This led to frequent use by educators throughout the eastern United States, helping put the herbarium and UW-Green Bay “on the map” of North American botanical resources.
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