Event Date

March 2, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Lunchtime Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: online for now
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

BRIT Research Seminars
Date: Various dates throughout year
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Location: online for now
Cost: Free, Open to the Public
Visit the event page for specific date and time information.

Point of Contact

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Director of Research Programs

Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium: A Past and Future Hub for Louisiana Botany

A Virtual Lunchtime Lecture by Dr. Laura Lagomarsino and Jennifer Kluse

The Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium at Louisiana State University recently doubled in size with the integration of several regional herbaria, including a repatriation set from BRIT of the University of Louisiana Monroe Herbarium (NLU).  Speakers will give an overview of the collection and discuss its support of current research.  Replete with historic specimens from Tulane University Herbarium and a new director, the scope of the herbarium has markedly expanded to include precious early Louisiana collections as well as a greater geographical reach into the tropical Americas. Come see a glimpse of Louisiana’s most active herbarium! 

Laura Lagomarsino is the Director of the Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium and Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at LSU. She has a PhD in Organismic and Evolution Biology from Harvard University and a BS in Genetics and Plant Biology from UC Berkeley. Her research has taken her on field expeditions throughout mountainous Latin America in search of bat and hummingbird pollinated plants. She is an advocate for the importance of collections in research and diversity in STEM. 

Jennifer Kluse is the Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium Collections Manager.  She has a background in a plant ecology and conservation with a master’s degree in from UC Berkeley.  While her family makes an annual migration to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory each summer, traversing a diagonal line through Texas, to sample field plots of plants and lichens, her primary habitat is in the climate-controlled recesses of the LSU’s herbarium from where she imagines the former longleaf pine savannahs and Gulf Coast marshlands while filing specimens. 


This virtual lecture will broadcast live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnAGMqXgYOQ. Watchers can use the YouTube chat for Q&A with the speaker. A link to the recorded lecture will be posted here a few days after the event ends.

About Research Lecture Series

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Lunchtime Lectures and Research Seminars. Lunchtime Lectures take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons (**Now held virtually until further notice***). Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public. Please watch this page and our social media channels for announcements of upcoming Lunchtime Lectures and Researcher Seminars.