Small Collections Grant

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Digitalization and illustrations of herbarium specimens to make an infographics to promote the conservation.

Dr. Mario Ishiki


Digitally image, Conserve

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El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Unidad San Cristobal


Digitalize 5,000 herbarium specimens (25% of the actual collection) and make a 30 watercolor illustrations (color witness) of endemic species of Chiapas for the preparation of an infographic, to publicize the richness of species to the communities and raise awareness for the conservation of species and natural plant communities that are currently in danger of disappearing.


We have a scanner (Epson Expression 12000xl) and about 5,000 herbarium specimens have been scanned (about 25%). It would be expected that another 5,000 specimens will be scanned within 6 months.
We have been offer a courses in Botanical Scientific Illustration (Antigua Academia de San Carlos, UNAM; ECOSUR, Chiapas, Mexico; University of San Carlos, Guatemala) and has participated in three exhibitions (“Plantas Endemicas de México”, Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo May, 2018, “Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition Outline” May, 2018; “XXI Congreso Mexicano de Botanica” Aguascalientes City, Mexico, October 2019) where emphasis was placed on publicizing the importance of illustration in the dissemination among the scientific and public community in general of Mexican species and in particular the endemic species of Mexico and the State of Chiapas and support the conservation of species and their communities where they are distributed and are currently in danger of disappearing. In collaboration with the students of the different workshops, graduates and professors, about 50 watercolor illustrations of the native species of Mexico have been made. With these grant we propose to create another 30 watercolor illustrations that would be expected within 12 months and at the end we make an infographic of some native and endemic species of Chiapas, Mexico. To raise public awareness of the great importance of knowing and conserving plant or natural resources that still persist in nature.


Scanner of Herbarium specimen:
Each month we are planning to scanner 850 herbarium specimen during six months (5,100 specimens in total).
Watercolor illustration:
During one year, each two month we considered to make five illustrations of native or endemic species of Chiapas (30 illustrations in total).
With the scanner specimens and watercolor illustration, we plan to make an infographic book in one month.

Referee 1:

Dr. Tom L. Wendt

Referee 2:

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Scoring Rubric

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Collection Improvement/Maintenance


1.  Contribution to the generation of digital herbarium data (digitization: data entry, setting up database structure, purchasing equipment).

2.  Contribution to enhancing our understanding of the flora by making new herbarium specimens available (processing of backlog).

3.  Contribution to enhancing our understanding of the flora by making new herbarium specimens available (shipping endangered collection to another herbarium).

4. Contribution towards improving conservation status of specimens in herbarium (better folders, protecting covers, mounting paper, labeling, etc.).

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IAPT community building


5.  Herbarium's potential for success.

6.  Perceived need, extent to which the project will benefit from IAPT funding.
7. Sharing specimens with other herbaria.

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Broader Impacts

8. The project will yield durable benefits (specimens, digitized metadata, databases, websites).

9. The proposed project involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination.

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