Biorepository: Archbold Biological Station

Institution Information

Index Herbariorum Record: 
No
InstitutionCode: 
ABS
Status of Institution: 
Active
Additional Institution Names: 
(empty)
Description of Institution: 

The mission of Archbold Biological Station is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond. Archbold is located in Venus, south-central Florida. Since inception in 1941, Archbold Biological Station has prioritized the development and curation of an on-site, multi-taxon, specimen-based, natural history collection. The collection of specimens is necessary for research at the Station and for outside investigators, emphasizing two essential activities -- the identification of species and documentation of biodiversity. After decades of steady growth the Archbold collection includes more than 250,000 well-preserved, and well-labeled specimens of plants, birds, fish, herptiles, mammals and arthropods. The Archbold collection is probably unrivalled in scope and size among biological field station collections in North America, and is likely one of the largest on-site collections encompassing the taxonomic diversity of a single (3,577-ha) site in the U.S.A. Our diverse natural history reference collection is a key component of the Station’s infrastructure, serving a broad community of staff researchers, visiting investigators and students, and supplying collection material and information to outside investigators. Plant specimens have been used in studies of community ecology, such as the response of vegetation to fire. The vertebrate collection was designed for studies of variation, growth patterns, life histories, and population dynamics of local vertebrates. The arthropod collection contributes to numerous studies needing insect identification, as well as providing large numbers of specimens with ecological data.

Institutional Discipline: 
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Plant Sciences, Other, Biological Sciences: Ecology, Biological Sciences: Taxonomy
Institutional Governance: 
Private, non-profit: General
Institution Type: 
Other type of research institution/biorepository
Institutional LSID: 
urn:lsid:biocol.org:col:32937
Cool URI: 
http://biocol.org/urn:lsid:biocol.org:col:32937

Institutional Mailing Address

Mailing Address 1: 
123 Main Drive
City/Town: 
Venus
State/Province: 
Florida
Postal/Zip Code: 
33960
Country: 
USA

Collections

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Project Collections

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Institutional Contact Information

Primary Contact: 

Stephanie Leon

Staff Member Information

Job Title: 
Assistant Curator
Research Discipline: 

Staff Member Affiliations

Name of Primary Institution: 
Archbold Biological Station (Primary Contact)

Staff Member's Contact Information

Phone Number: 
863 465 2571
Address 1: 
123 Main Drive
City/Town: 
Venus
State/Province: 
Florida
Postal/Zip Code: 
33960
Country: 
USA
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