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Stories of four UBC Herbarium contributors Saba, Carly


Botany has evolved from what was once a recreational pastime to a rigorous discipline focused on the search for scientific answers. Although its scientific nature is helpful in many respects towards discovery, it also must be remembered the curiosity from which these discoveries stem. By focusing on four contributors to the UBC Herbarium, Dr.’s T.M.C. Taylor, Wilfred Schofield, Robert F. Scagel and Gerald Straley, their stories are explored. While it is important to note their academic accomplishments, it is also meaningful to celebrate who they are as people. Herbaria aid in the preservation of Earth’s ever-compromised biodiversity. These four figures are integral pillars to the foundation of the UBC Herbarium, and through their honest curiosity, became part of something larger than themselves.

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