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David E. Giblin, Ph.D.

Collections Manager


(206) 543-1682

Research and Training

Dr. Giblin is the the Collections Manager of the University of Washington Herbarium. David oversees the Herbarium's vascular plant, nonvascular plant, fungal, lichen, and marine algae collections (600,000+ specimens in total). His research focuses on the floristics of Pacific Northwest vascular plants, with ongoing field work in the San Juan Islands, and North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks. Dr. Giblin is also interested in documenting the diversity and distribution of aquatic vascular plants in Washington.

Ongoing projects in the Herbarium include digitizing the collections, overseeing the development of Web-based applications that facilitate professional and amateur botanists' access and utilization of collections data, and exploiting emerging Web technologies to share collections data with search portals at regional, national, and international scales.

Dr. Giblin received his M.S. from the University of Washington's College of Forest Resources, and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia's Department of Biology studying pollination biology.

David E. Giblin


Legler, B., D.E. Giblin, P.F. Zika. 2007. Noteworthy Collections. Madrono (In press).

Giblin, D.E., B. Legler, and R.G. Olmstead. Herbarium collections and invasive species biology: understanding the past, present, and future. Proceedings: Meeting the Challenge: Invasive Plants in Pacific Northwest Ecosystems. Seattle, WA. (In press).

Barkworth, M.E., L.K. Anderton, J. McGrew, and D.E. Giblin. 2006. Geography and morphology of the Bromus carinatus (Poaceae: Bromeae) complex. Madrono. 53(3): 233-243.

Giblin, D.E. 2006. Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive). In: Boersma, P. D., S. E. Reichard, and A. N. Van Buren. Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle and London: UW Press.

Kim, K.D., K. Ewing, and D. E. Giblin. 2006. Controlling Phalaris arundinacea (reed canarygrass) with live willow stakes: A density-dependence response. Ecological Engineering. 27(3): 219-227.

Giblin, D.E. 2005. Variation in floral longevity between populations of Campanula rotundifolia (Campanulaceae) in response to fitness accrual rate manipulation. American Journal of Botany. 92: 1714-1722.

Giblin, D. E., R. G. Olmstead. 2004. Noteworthy Collections: Scutellaria angustifolia ssp. micranthaMadrono. 51(4):397-398.