Dr. Khidir Hilu, Director
Dr. Hilu's research is focused on the molecular systematics and evolution of flowering plants and crops. His research has been focused on the evolution of flowering plants (angiosperms) as well as land plants in general using DNA sequence information. This aspect of his work includes both basal angiosperms as well as eudicots. His research program is emphasizing the rapidly evolving plastid gene matK and the trnT-trnF region.
Dr. Jordan Metzgar, Curator
Jordan came to VPI after working at the University of Alaska Herbarium for ten years. His research has long focused on fern systematics, including his doctoral research on the circumboreal fern genus Cryptogramma.
Thomas F. Wieboldt, Retired Curator
Tom's long career at VPI focused on growing the herbarium through personal collecting all across Virginia, enhanced trading from the Southeastern U.S., and encouraging gifts from active Virginia botanists and ecologists. Tom's interests in rare species and the flora of specialized habitats resulted in the discovery of numerous new county and state records. Groups of primary interest were Carex (Cyperaceae) and pteridophytes. In the later years, he shifted focus to bryophytes and lichens which he continues to study in retirement.
John Ford, Volunteer
John is a retired computer programmer who volunteers at VPI three days a week. Recently he has been databasing grass specimens for us.
John in the news!
- A Master Naturalist master (Roanoke Times, 24 Dec. 2016)
- Mushroom club conducts informal wild mushroom survey (Roanoke Times, 11 June 2017)
We are located in room 3017 of Derring Hall on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. We are in the east end of the building.
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Derring Hall has a confusing layout. Use the map below to find us in the east end of the third floor.
Banner image of painted trillium (Trillium undulatum) courtesy of Virginia Wildflowers.