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Herbarium Staff

Director of the Herbarium - Dr. Barbara Thiers (
As Director of the Herbarium, Dr. Thiers oversees the daily operation of the Cryptogamic Herbarium, manages the budget, and supervises six Curatorial Assistants, the Imaging Coordinator, and the Science Information Managers.

Director Emerita of the Herbarium - Dr. Patricia Holmgren (
As Director Emerita of the Herbarium, Dr. Holmgren serves in an advisory role to the senior management of the Herbarium and continues as Senior Editor of the Index Herbariorum.

Associate Director and Curator of the Herbarium - Dr. Jacquelyn Kallunki, Ret. (
As Associate Director and Curator of the Herbarium, Dr. Kallunki oversees the daily operation of the Phanerogamic section of the Herbarium and coordinates the work of its staff.

Secretary - Lisa Fruscella  (
The Herbarium Secretary is responsible for coordinating the use of the NYBG apartment for Herbarium visitors, Herbarium correspondence, ordering supplies, and preparing final copies of reports and grant proposals.

Administrative Curators- Stella Sylva (, Nicole Tarnowsky (
The Administrative Curator oversees the Herbarium visitor program, manages specimen exchange for publication/purchase, contributes to the Science web site, and participates in curation of the Herbarium.

Information Managers
Joel Ramirez
Melissa Tulig
Kim Watson

The Information Managers coordinate the all activities of the New York Botanical Garden Virtual Herbarium.

Senior Collections Manager - Dr. Tom Zanoni
The Senior Collections Manager is responsible for overseeing the Garden’s specimen loan program.

Collections Manager for the Cryptogamic Herbarium
Ellen Bloch (

The Collections Managers supervise the mounters and filers, provide orientation and training of interns and graduate students from NYBG's joint programs, supervise and participate in the processing of collections made by NYBG staff members and their project associates, and catalog specimens.

Curatorial Assistants
Gena Fernandez
Edgardo Rivera
Lisa Vargues

The Curatorial Assistants process Institute of Systematic Botany staff collections, enter field data for labels into the computer database, catalog specimen data, orient visiting researchers, pull requested loans, and answer requests for data from NY specimens.

Specimen Mounters & Filers
Sheranza Dyal

The Specimen Mounters mount new specimens and repair specimens for loan. The Specimen Filers file all newly accessioned specimens, returned loans, and newly-made specimen covers.

Shipping Supervisor - Lucy Klebieko
The Shipping Supervisor has overall responsibility for the Herbarium Shipping office and opens, counts, and keeps records on the incoming shipments. She is also responsible for freezing all incoming shipments and newly-mounted specimens.

Shipping Clerk
The Shipping Clerk has responsibility for sorting, wrapping, and keeping records for outgoing shipments.

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