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Rothfels, Carl [1], Looy, Cindy [2], Erwin, Diane [3], Gross, Joyce [4], Kasameyer, Amy [5], Gilbert, Ed [6], von Konrat, Matt [7], Sessa, Emily [8], Watson, Kimberly [9], Rabeler, Richard [10], Sundue, Michael A [11], Sweeney, Patrick [12], Hu, Shusheng [13], Burnham, Robyn [14], Gensel, Patricia [15], Weakley, Alan [16], Zhang, Libing [17].

The Pteridophyte Collections Consortium: 420 million years in two million specimens.

The Pteridophyte Collections Consortium (PCC) is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to integrate the neo- and paleo-botanical communities by databasing, imaging, and serving over 1.76 million pteridophyte specimens in herbarium and fossil collections. This initiative, funded in August of 2018, will produce an unprecedented online digital resource documenting vascular plant distribution and evolution from the Late Silurian to the present. The PCC currently comprises a network of 36 U.S. museums and herbaria, who are developing and sharing tools, workflows, knowledge, and experience to streamline specimen digitization and data access, and who will provide a collaborative foundation for future pteridological research. The Symbiota-based pteridoportal (, the primary means of accessing PCC data, currently (as of early April, 2019) has approximately 750 thousand specimen records of modern ferns available online. This portal provides extensive tools for interacting with these data and images, including species descriptions, map-based search functions, the generation of map-based species lists, a full taxonomic thesaurus, and the ability to create checklists for any region, based on vouchered species records. Additional planned functionality includes interactive keys for any PCC checklist, a paleo module for storing and serving fossil data, and the ability to display records through geological time on the time-appropriate global map.

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1 - University Of California Berkeley, University Herbarium And Departmenty Of Integrative Biology, 1001 Valley Life Science Building, Berkeley, CA, 94720, United States
2 - Integrative Biology, 3060 Valley Life Sciences Bldg #3140, Berkeley, CA, 94720, United States
3 - MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY, 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, CA, 94720, United States
4 - UC Berkeley, Berkeley Natural History Museums, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA
5 - UC Berkeley, University and Jepson Herbaria, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA
6 - Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, Tempe, AZ, USA
7 - The Field Museum, Chicago, IL, USA
8 - University Of Florida, Biology, Box 118525, Gainesville, FL, 32611, United States
9 - New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY, USA
10 - University of Michigan, EEB-Herbarium, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
11 - The Pringle Herbarium, 111 Jeffords Hall, 63 Carrigan Dr., Burlington, VT, 05405, United States
12 - Yale Peabody Museum Of Natural History, Division Of Botany, P.O. Box 208118, New Haven, CT, 06520, United States
13 - Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT, 06511, United States
14 - UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Research Museums Center 1036, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108, United States
15 - University Of North Carolina, Department Of Biology, CB# 3280, Coker Hall, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599, United States
16 - University of North Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU), NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517, USA
17 - Missouri Botanical Garden, Science & Conservation, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO, 63166, United States

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: PTER1, Pteridology I
Location: San Pedro 1/Starr Pass
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: PTER1001
Abstract ID:551
Candidate for Awards:None

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