The E.C. Smith Herbarium houses the largest collection of dried plants fungi and lichens in Atlantic Canada. The herbarium moved into the world-class K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and became part of the Irving Biodiversity Collection in 2002, along with the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens and the Acadia Seed Bank.
The preserved specimens and associated data in the E.C. Smith Herbarium are available for scientific study and biodiversity conservation purposes, particularly within the Acadian Forest Region. Our goal is to generate new knowledge that can foster sustainability efforts in the region and beyond.
Since 1910, we have collected, preserved, and digitized more than 200,000 specimens to document the region’s biodiversity and threatened species and ecosystems. We share this knowledge with conservation-minded researchers, decision-makers, and the global scientific community.
In the E.C. Smith Herbarium, every specimen is collected in the wild and annotated with vital information such as its location, habitat, local abundance, and population health. Specimens are mounted, labelled, scanned, digitized, and filed. They are available online as scanned images, onsite for review with permission from the Collections Manager, or via the mail with permission and assistance from the Collections Manager. Specimens are frequently used by researchers for processes such as DNA sequencing and morphological analysis.
DATA – Researchers, decision-makers, and the global scientific community can explore the E.C. Smith Herbarium’s rich array of specimen data online:
- Canadensys (vascular plant species)
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility (vascular plant species)
- Mycology Collections Portal (fungal collections)
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Opportunities are always available for students or volunteers, ranging from specimen preparation to spending some time outdoors studying plants, lichens, and fungi, or to making a donation. Please contact Herbarium staff for more details.
E.C. Smith Herbarium
K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre
32 University Ave, Wolfville, NS B4P 2P8
phone: 902 778 0852