There is a mezzanine in the herbarium. This is where the moss collections are stored:
Currently, many of the moss collections are unsorted and need to be put into more accessible storage facilities. This will be my task for the next few months. There are many boxes of unsorted specimens like this:
They need to be sorted through to make sure they are in the right categories and numbered accordingly. Surprises keep popping up as I sift through them. For example, there are a few liverworts that have been mistakenly put in with the moss collections. (Mosses and liverworts are both bryophytes).
Inside a moss packet:
There are thousands of specimens that need sorting and digitising so that the information is accessible to scientists, students and anyone who is interested in studying bryophytes. A big part of a curator’s role is to make sure this information is available so that the collections can be used to learn more about the natural world and our relationship with it.