The Field manual of the Utah Valley Flora is a student-led project to create a field guide to the vascular plants of the Utah Valley Region. The reasons for this updated field guide are to have simple dichotomous keys for newer botanists and to have updated terminology and taxonomy. We also wanted to give students, such as myself, an opportunity to give students hands-on experience and to take ownership and authorship chances.. The methods that are being used to complete this field guide include student work in botany courses at UVU, as well as student independent research. Resources that we have are UVU's herbarium along with various reputable herbarium databases. Using these documented plant specimens we are able to write original descriptions and create maps. Currently the Field Manual is 1/4 completed overall with Gymnosperms completed, Ferns and allies halfway completed, and Angiosperms 1/5 of the way done. Specifically for my research, I have been working on a key for the family Verbenaceae. Here we present a flow chart of the process to complete a section of the flora. As mentioned previously, this field guide will be an opportunity for many students to be authors and the student authors include those in the field botany class, the flora of Utah class along with independent studies students.
University / Institution: Utah Valley University
Format: In Person
SESSION C (1:45-3:15PM)
Area of Research: Science & Technology
Faculty Mentor: Michael Rotter