University of California, Santa Cruz Marine Macroalgal Herbarium (UCSC-Algae)

The UCSC Marine Macroalgal Herbarium Collection contains approximately 3000 pressed marine macroalgae representing more than 500 species, with records starting from the 1960's. These specimens were primarily collected and pressed as part of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Marine Botany Class, though a subset were collected and preserved at the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History. The physical specimens are housed at the UCSC Long Marine Lab. 

Most specimens are from Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and San Mateo County, California, USA, but some specimens are from as far north as British Columbia, Canada, and Oregon, USA. Notable collectors and contributors include Isabella Aiona Abbott, Kathy Ann Miller, William Doyle, Julie Packard, and Vicki Pearse, among many other dedicated students, biologists and educators. 



Macroalgal Herbarium Curator: Niko Kaplanis, (ORCID #: 0000-0001-9882-5796)
Macroalgal Herbarium Curator: Kristen Kusic Heady,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: be716d58-ab3f-4afa-864e-7e29fd979bac
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Regents of the University of California
University of California Santa Cruz Marine Algae
Department of Environmental Studies
115 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA   95060
Collection Statistics
  • 2,683 specimen records
  • 4 (0.15%) georeferenced
  • 2,625 (98%) identified to species
  • 83 families
  • 272 genera
  • 643 species
  • 681 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics