Free Tours of the Herbarium
Visitors to the herbarium are welcome and encouraged. We can accomodate small groups (up to 24 max) but preferably <15 at a time. We welcome school groups, teachers, professionals, or interested members of the public. Please contact Dr. Estes if you would like to plan a visit.
Spring and Fall Wildflower Identification Hikes
Each spring and fall, APSC staff lead wildflower identification hikes to local natural areas to discuss native plant diversity, effects of invasive species, natural communities, and more. Stay tuned to our Herbarium Events Calendar for dates and announcements.
Specimen / Photograph Identification
The staff at APSC can provide assistance with the identification of plant specimens or photographs originating from anywhere in eastern North America. Our expert staff are familiar with nearly 5,000 plant species. We also specialize in taxonomically difficult groups such as grasses, sedges, and rushes and the identification of wetland plants. Contact us for an estimate.
Tissue Collection for Molecular Studies
APSC staff are extremely knowledgeable about plant distribution patterns and are familiar with populations of most plant species known from the estimated 5,000 plant species found in the Interior Low Plateaus, Southern Appalachians, and upper Coastal Plain physiographic provinces. Given this knowledge, we can assist in the collection of tissue samples for molecular systematic, population genetic, phylogeographic, cytological, and flow cytometry studies. Given that we do a lot of travel there is a good chance that we regularly encounter populations of your study group. Contact us now for an estimate if you are interested in having us collect tissue samples for your study.
Endangered Species Surveys
Endangered Species Surveys: APSC staff are familiar with all of the rare (federally and state-listed) vascular plant species found in Tennessee, Kentucky, and northern Alabama and many species from adjacent regions. In addition, we are familiar with the habitat requirements of these species. APSC can conduct surveys for rare, threatened, and endangered species for various types of projects (i.e. highway construction projects, military bases, Environmental Impact Studies). We also can conduct status surveys and generate recovery plans for rare species. We have an excellent track record of working with the U.S. FWS, Tennessee Dept. Environment & Conservation, Kentucky State Nature Preserves, Alabama Natural Heritage Program, Dept. of Defense, U.S. National Forest Service, and the U.S. National Park Service. Contact us for an estimate.
Invasive Species Surveys
APSC staff are familiar with all of the terrestrial and aquatic invasive plant species found in Tennessee, Kentucky, and northern Alabama. We can perform surveys for exotic invasive species and develop management plans for conservation projects. Contact us for an estimate.
Floristic Inventories, Biodiversity Surveys, Natural Areas Inventories
We perform detailed biodiversity inventories on properties ranging from <1->150,000 acres. Depending on your needs, this kind of survey can include a full floristic inventory, a rare species survey, a survey for exotic invasive plants, and a qualitative assessment of plant community types. Contact us for an estimate.
APSC staff are experts on wetlands of Tennessee and adjacent states. We can provide consultation concerning wetland types, wetland plant identification, the delineation of wetland boundaries, calculation of wetland acreage, and mapping wetland and upland areas. Contact us for an estimate.
Customized Workshops for Professionals, Educators, Students, and Groups
APSC staff specialize in offering customizable workshops to all types of groups, from workshops geared toward elementary school students to high school science teachers to high-intensity workshops designed for professional botanists and graduate students with advanced training in botany/plant ecology. We can offer workshops for a wide variety of topics ranging from woody plant or wildflower identification; grasses, sedges and rushes of the Southern Appalachian region; Wetlands of the Mid-South; Plant Communities of the Mid-South; natural history and vegetation of the Southern Appalachian region; mosses, liverworts, and hornworts of the Southern Appalachian Region, and ferns of the Southern Appalachian region. We are not limited to these so if you have a need for a specific workshop contact us for more information. We are also not limited to the Mid-South region so if you have a need for a workshop to the Rockies or Gulf Coast then we can accomodate that as well. Contact us to see if we can design a class/workshop to meet your needs.
APSC is closely connected to the APSU GIS Center and we can assist you with your mapping needs. If you need species distribution maps, vegetation maps, or assistance finding useful GIS layers (ortho-imagery, soils layers, geology layers, etc.) then we can help. Contact us for an estimate.
Microscopy Services (Scanning Electron Microscope, Dissecting Scope)
APSC can handle your scanning electron microscopy needs. Do you have small seeds, leaf surfaces, etc. that you need examined for a study or do you need publication quality images? We have the expertise to know how to examine and work with your specimens to produce high-quality SEM micrographs. Do you have other structures for which you need high-quality images that are too large for the SEM? If so, APSC has a new camera-equipped research quality stereoscope and we can handle your needs. Contact us for an estimate.
Our staff are experienced in NatureServe and National Vegetation Classification systems and we can use the North Carolina Vegetation Classification method to conduct vegetation monitoring or to capture baseline data. Contact us for a quote.
APSC can handle your identification needs for mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Contact us for a quote.