408 Lewis Hall
Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State University
Curator: Matt Lavin, Lavin's email, 406-994-2032 (office), 406-994-7600 (fax)
Curator of fungi: Cathy Cripps, Cripp's email , 406-994-5226 (office), 406-994-7600 (fax)
Submission of plants for taxonomic identification
Plant identification form
Two individuals are involved with the operation of the Montana State University (MSU) Herbarium: Matt Lavin, Curator of the vascular plants, and Cathy Cripps, Curator of the fungi. Both are involved in assisting and scheduling herbarium users, processing loan or data requests, accessioning and databasing herbarium specimens. The MSU Herbarium is particularly heavily used by graduate students at MSU.
Research on the flora of Montana began at the Montana State University (MSU) Herbarium during the 1890’s. This activity is reflected in its collections and particularly the type collection, which consists of 253 holotypes and isotypes collected principally by such notable botanists as J. W. Blankinship, P. A. Rydberg, and R. S. Williams, and secondarily by L. Constance, C. L. Hitchcock, F. D. Kelsey, J. F. MacBride, M. Mathias, A. Nelson, F. W. Pennel, and R. C. Rollins. Tiehm & Stafleu (1990, Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 58) cite the type collections at MONT that are relevant to Rydberg’s work.
In the last decade, Montana State University has been the only branch of the Montana University System making a strong commitment to the field of systematics. In addition to Lavin as the curator of the MSU Herbarium, Dr. Michael Ivie is the curator of the collections in the Entomology Research Labs.