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My field work focuses primarily on vascular plant floristics of Washington. Ongoing field work in the San Juan Islands aims at surveying the small (typically less than 3 hectares) islands throughout the archipelago. I am especially interested in the distribution of native versus nonnative plants throughout the islands, particularly in the context of island biogeography theory. Ongoing work in North Cascades and Mt. Rainier national parks aims to document each park's flora to generate a comprehensive understanding of plant diversity within the parks's lands. Field work with aquatic plants focuses on surveying freshwater and marine habitats in order to improve existing knowledge regarding the diversity and distribution of aquatic plants throughout Washington.
Dr. Giblin is the the Collections Manager of the University of Washington Herbarium. David manages the Herbarium's vascular plant, nonvascular plant, fungal, lichen, and marine algae collections (650,000 specimens in total). His research focuses on the floristics of Pacific Northwest vascular plants, with ongoing field work in the San Juan Islands, North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks, and the Columbia River Basin. Dr. Giblin is also interested in documenting the diversity and distribution of aquatic vascular plants in Washington. Ongoing projects in the Herbarium focus on digitizing the collections, overseeing the development of Web-based applications that allow professional and amateur botanists to access and utilize collections data, and incorporating emerging Web technologies in the management of collections databases in order to share data with search portals regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Giblin received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, his M.S. from the University of Washington's College of Forest Resources, and his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he studied pollination biology.
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