David E. Giblin, PhD

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David Giblin

Botany and Herbarium Collections Manager 


  • PhD, Biology, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MS, Forest Resources, University of Washington

About David

Research + Training
Dr. Giblin is the Collections Manager of the University of Washington Herbarium. David oversees 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.

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.



Giblin, D.E. 2017. Lilium columbianum, Washington State's Only Native, True Lily. The North America Lily Society Quarterly Bulletin. 71(3): 29-32.

Legler, B.S. and D.E. Giblin.  2017.  Noteworthy Collections - Washington. Madrono 64(1): 6-8.

Marx, H., D.E. Giblin, P.W. Dunwiddie, and D. Tank.  2016.  Deconstructing Darwin’s Naturalization Conundrum in the San Juan Islands using community phylogenetics and functional traits. Diversity and Distributions 22, 318-331. 

Bennett, J.R., P.W. Dunnwiddie, D.E. Giblin, and P. Arcese. 2012. Native versus exotic community patterns across three scales: roles of competition, environment and incomplete invasion. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 14(6): 381-392.

Bennett, J.R., E.J. Young, D.E. Giblin, P.W. Dunnwiddie, and P.A. Arcese.  2011.  Avian dispersal of exotic shrubs in an archipelago.   Ecoscience.  18 (4): 369-374.

Tracy, D., and D.E. Giblin.  2011.  Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier.

Giblin, D.E., B. Legler, and R.G. Olmstead. 2007. 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.

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