Liriodendron tulipifera flower

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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Richard Steven Furr
(b. 17 October 1942)

Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick, March 2007

The University of North Carolina Herbarium has catalogued approximately 50 specimens that were collected by Steve Furr, and many others that were annotated by him as part of his doctoral work. As cataloguing of the collection continues, more will be found. Most of Furr's specimens in NCU's collection date from 1966 - 1969 and are from the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Steve Furr was born in Stanly County, North Carolina and received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer, NC). He earned an M.S. in genetics from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) in 1966, and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) in 1971. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was "A biosystematic study of the subsections Villosae and Micranthae of the genus Heuchera from the southeastern United States."

Furr taught at Missouri Valley College for two years (1969 - 1971). From 1971 until his retirement in 2000 he taught at Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. At LSSU he taught Botany, Field Botany, Environmental Biology, and supervised many undergraduate projects in floristics. He did several floristic surveys for the United States Forest Service and is an expert in the flora of Northern Michigan.

PUBLICATIONS (incomplete list):
Furr, Richard Steven (1966)  Interspecific incompatibility in Rumex crosses involving females of dioecious species.   North Carolina State University. [incomplete citation]



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Last Updated: 3 May 2012