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Statement of Purpose

This page offers SPNHC members a permanent place to share and expand the reach of posters shared at SPNHC events such as our yearly conference. Otherwise, posters tend to be ephemeral. Poster content aggregates a LOT of intellectual capital. Let us all change community practice to give posters, people, and the content generated, a broader reach, and longer shelf life.

Realizing the import of collections and related materials [1][2][3], SPNHC recognizes the need to collaborate to develop, discover, disseminate and update best (better, current, recommended) practices for creating digital collections resources and publishing them for global access. Posters linked here represent the efforts of many collections worldwide. All in the collections and standards community are encouraged to contribute.

Poster Guidelines & Sharing

Interested in sharing a SPHNC poster presented at a past meeting? Best Practices committee members are soliciting copies of SPNHC posters from previous conference years to add to the SPNHC wiki. Authors should ensure that they have permissions to publicly share the images and information embedded in posters prior to publishing to the wiki.

In order to standardize content and maintain a web-friendly poster resolution, we ask that authors send digital copies of posters and relevant metadata to the Best Practices committee rather than upload directly to the wiki. Please provide the following information to Emily Braker:

  • Conference year or venue (helpful for finding abstract)
  • Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Keywords (up to 5)
  • Poster formatted as a PDF, down-sampled to ~1500 pixel widths (if you are unfamiliar with resizing, a Best Practices member can do this for you). Full-resolution posters that are not down-sampled can very easily break the wiki since they can consume as much as 1GB memory to process.
  • Optional: - email contact, ORCID ID, twitter handle (include only if you are willing share with wiki viewers).

Thank you to all poster contributors, and we encourage past SPNHC poster authors to consider sharing their work on the wiki so that it will continue to serve as a resource for others.

2020 Gallery

This table shares all posters as part of the SPNHC and ICOM NATHHIST Virtual 2020 Conference. Hover over images for poster keywords.

Lacistemataceae, species, common names, herbarium
Anthropocene, gamification, nature museum, personal epistemology
geology, database, curation, collection management, conservation
herbarium, phenology, score, flowering, time-series
What's hidden in your herbarium? The undiscovered names of the Lacistemataceae
Fi Young
Playing for Learning in the Museum: A Case for Understanding Human-Nature relationship through Game-Based Learning
Gil Olivira, Nicolas Kramar
A Rocking Revamp: How an IMLS Grant Brought a Fresh Look to the Sternberg Museum Geology Collection
Christina Byrd, Alexa Franks, Laura Wilson
Contraction of Flowering Phenology in Greenland Herbarium Specimens but not Field Observations
Maude Grenier, Isla Myers-Smith, Gergaga Daskalova, Ally Phillimore, Elspeth Haston
California, Sierra Nevada, herbaria, phenology, climate change
outreach, education, environmental education, specimens, science education
palaeontology, geology, fossils, evolution, extinctions
living fossil, temporary exhibition, climate changes, awareness
Capturing the Flowers of the Sierra Nevada Mountains: The Contribution of the Fresno State Herbarium (FSC) to the California Phenology Network
Katherine Waselkov, Reece Riley, Maria Peña, Katelin Pearson, Jenn Yost
Sowing SEEDS: A model for museum-based teacher certification and environmental outreach programs
Julia Robinson
Collections at the Swedish Museum of Natural History - case studies for innovative palaeoecological outcomes
Vivi Vajda , Christian Skovsted, Cecilia Larsson
Living fossils, as an icon for understanding the past and current climate changes
Atsushi Yabe
moving collections, APGIV, herbarium
Gardner Erika SPNHC 2020 optimized.jpg
microfossils, collections, MICRO, La Brea Tar Pits
accessions, deaccessions, historic collection, database
Moving 6 million specimens 6 kilometers: the monstrous move and systematics switcheroo of the Dutch Herbaria of L, U, WAG and AMD
Marnel Scherrenberg, Roxali Bijmoer
Split decisions. A herbarium specimen conservation project
Erika Gardner
The MICRO (Microfossils In Collections for Research and Outreach) Project at La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, California- Gaining Mega Information from Micro Collections
Christine Mazzello
Here today, gone… [date unknown]: Databasing a historic accession and deaccession record
Eva Biedron
digitization, legacy, migration, TaxonWorks, data
natural history, types, MUSE, documentation, digitization
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The evolution of databasing at the INHS Insect Collection: lessons learned from migrating three decades of digital data into TaxonWorks
Thomas C. McElrath
Identifying, documenting and digitizing types: a priority program in collections management at MUSE - Science Museum of Trento (Italy)
Maria Chiara Deflorian
Ancient LA: Connecting collections and communities with ArcGIS Story Maps
Daniel Markbreiter, Austin Hendy, Jorge Velez-Juarbe, Kamal Hamdan

2019 Gallery

This gallery shares a selection of posters from the SPNHC 2019 Conference hosted in Chicago. Hover over images for poster keywords. Posters in this gallery are part of a retrocapture project and therefore not all posters presented at the 2019 meeting are represented below. Poster authors interested in sharing digital versions of posters from previous SPNHC meetings should contact Emily Braker.

collection management system, informatics, community engagement, database
curation, fluid, preservation, mammals
digitization, entomology, open-source, ecology and evolutionary biology
preservation, specimen quality, digitization, workflows
Arctos: A Collaborative Collection Management Solution
Emily M. Braker, Mariel Campbell, Carla Cicero, John R. Demboski, Andrew Doll, Kyndall Hildebrandt, Michelle Koo, Angela Linn, Teresa J. Mayfield-Meyer, Carol Spencer
Curation of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Fluid-Preserved Mammal Collection: Lessons Learned for Future Curation Effort
Verity Mathis
Entomology Backlog Flats Digitization Project - California Academy of Sciences
Alice E. Fornari, Christopher C. Grinter
Improved Specimen Preservation through Digitization at Canada’s National Collection of Vascular Plants
Shannon Asencio, Heather A. Cole
museum, specimens, crustacean, restoration, preparator
collections management, data visualization, vertebrate zoology, collection history
BHL, Biodiversity Heritage Library, collections citations, collections data, big data
dissociation, collection organization, workflow efficiency
Crustacea: Restoring and Recoloring Crustacean Specimens for Permanent Display
Madison Erin Mayfield, Alison Douglas
How to See the Story: Visualizing Specimen Data to Read the Scope and Status of a Collection of Mesa Verde Vertebrates
Jessica Mailhot
BHL and Specimen Collection Data: The Needle in the Festuca Stack
Martin R. Kalfatovic, Constance Rinaldo
Strategies for Associating the Dissociated at the National Collection of Vascular Plants (DAO)
Kelsey Joustra, Emily Ranahan, Shannon Asencio, Heather Cole
digitization, vertebrates, Canadian Museum of Nature
herbarium, digitization, regional collection
invertebrate, sampling, workflows, genetic resources
containment, fungi, renovation
Digitization -The Backbone of a Strategy to Increase Accessibility to Vertebrate Collections
Stéphanie Tessier, Kamal Khidas
Making a Large Impact on a Small Herbarium: The Impacts of an NSF CSBR Grant on a Regional Herbarium
Andrea Appleton, Colleen Evans, John J. Schenk
Workflows for Sampling Museum Specimens and Cataloging Genetic Samples
Katie F. Ahlfeld, Lisa M. Comer, Mark P. Lehtonen, William E. Moser
Canadian Collection of Fungal Cultures: Contraction, Construction and Containment
Tara L. Rintoul, Benoit Goulet, Zeinab Robleh Djama, Catherine Robidas
paleontology, fossil, curation, STEM, outreach
imaging, vertebrates, 3D scanning, Canadian Museum of Nature, photogrammetry
herbarium, digitization, regional collection
Trapping High School Students with Fossils: Utilizing Science Outreach to Curate Natural Trap Cave Fossils and Inspire the Pursuit of STEM Careers
Cory M. Redman, Susumu Tomiya, Kathleen Bitterman, Julie Meachen, Kacia Cain
Capturing the perfect digital specimen – An overview of vertebrate imaging techniques
Marie-Hélène Hubert, Stéphanie Tessier, Kamal Khidas
Unossified Skeletal Preparation: Challenges and Applications
Andrea M. Carrillo, Julie M. Thomas, Jeff Stephenson, Michelle L. Sauther, Frank Cuozzo


Current content contributors: SPNHC members Deborah Paul, Emily Braker. We hope that others will add their names to this list as information is added and updated.


  1. Lawrence M. Page, Bruce J. MacFadden, Jose A. Fortes, Pamela S. Soltis, Greg Riccardi, Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Reveals Biggest Data on Biodiversity, BioScience, Volume 65, Issue 9, 01 September 2015, Pages 841–842,
  2. Nelson, G., & Ellis, S. (2019, January 7). The history and impact of digitization and digital data mobilization on biodiversity research. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Royal Society Publishing.
  3. Monfils, A. K., Powers, K. E., Marshall, C. J., Martine, C. T., Smith, J. F., & Prather, L. A. (2017). Natural History Collections: Teaching about Biodiversity Across Time, Space, and Digital Platforms. Southeastern Naturalist, 16(sp10), 47–57.