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Webcast Extra: Rusty Russell Answers Your Questions about Plant Collections

by Maggy Benson -- Jan 26, 2015
Smithsonian's Maggy Benson

Maggy Benson manages the Q?rius distance-learning program and hosts the Museum's webcast series, Smithsonian Science How.

Smithsonian's Rusty Russell answers questions about his work as the collections manager for the National Herbarium in this short video blog.

What does studying plant DNA tell scientists? What is the oldest specimen in the Smithsonian’s National Herbarium? Here’s a hint: It’s over 500 years old! Want to know more? Check out the video above.

If you tuned into our Jan. 15, 2015, live webcast with Botany Collections Manager, Rusty Russell, then you know that we learned about the National Herbarium at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Rusty answered viewers’ great questions about plant collections and how they are used to track changes over time.

We didn’t get a chance to take all of our viewers’ great questions during the program. So, Rusty stayed with us to answer some more questions from our viewers on camera. Take a peek at our newest video blog to get the answers to questions like, “How do you press plant specimens at home?” and “Do scientists collect weeds, too?”

If you watched the Jan. 15, 2015, webcast, Ecosystem Change: Plotting with Plant Collections, let us know what you think about the program by filling out a short survey. Your feedback helps us improve your experience.