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The University of North Carolina
Herbarium
A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

 
 


Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Carol Ann McCormick
(b.  March 1959)

 

The University of North Carolina Herbarium has databased approximately 580 specimens that McCormick has collected. She and co-collectors Mark Peifer, Rose Peifer and Lillian McCormick continue to document the flora of Alamance County, North Carolina.

McCormick has been with the University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) joined the Herbarium in August, 2000, first as Asst. Curator, then as Curator (2014).  The Herbarium is a Department within the North Carolina Botanical Garden, which is a unit within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carol Ann McCormick, April 2006
Photograph by Laura Mansberg Cotterman at the
North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, NC

I was born on March 14, 1959 in Wabash, Indiana (USA) to David Clement McCormick and Lorraine Junette Munger McCormick. I graduated from Hammond High School (Hammond, Louisiana) in 1976. In 1980 I graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. After working for a year as a technician in a cytogenetics lab at the University of Minnesota, I moved to Massachusetts and ran the mammalian tissue culture facility of Integrated Genetics, Inc., a genetic engineering company located in Framingham. From1984-1988 I worked with Jay Hirsh, Ph.D., in the Biological Chemistry Department of Harvard University on the Dopa Decarboxylase gene in Drosophila melanogaster. In 1988, I was a summer intern at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in Pennsylvania, then joined the staff of the Preserve for several years. In 1991 I began a long association with the North Carolina Botanical Garden, first to inventory several natural areas managed by the Garden, then as part-time database manager. From 1996-2000 I was secretarial support to Dr. Robert Peet, the editor of Ecology and Ecological Monographs, and data entry technician for the Carolina Vegetation Survey.

In August, 2000, upon the retirement of Dr. Jimmy Massey and Ms. Mary Felton (Curator and Assistant Curator, respectively), I became the Assistant Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium. This coincided with the administrative transfer of the Herbarium from the Biology Department to the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  When Dr. Alan Weakley became Director of the Herbarium, I became Curator (2014).

I have won the University of North Carolina Biology Department Cheese Cake Contest twice, and won of the 1990 Howell Living History Farm Draft Horse Plowing Contest (Novice Division).

Since joining the Herbarium, I have taken an interest in botanizing Alamance County, North Carolina. My co-collectors are my husband, Mark Peifer, and our daughters, Rose and Lily. We live on 35 acres of land that is near the confluence of the Haw River and Cane Creek in Alamance County.

PUBLICATIONS

McCormick, Carol Ann (2014)  Make room for Harvey!:  Macroalgal Herbarium Consortium.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, Summer, 2014 issue, p. 8.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2013)  The manure piles of Chapel Hill:  Macrofungi Collection Consortium.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, December, 2013 issue, p. 11.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2011)  Stars, Bars… and Botany:  E. Kirby Smith.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, August, 20ll issue, p. 11.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2011)  A palm for the masses:  Chamaedorea in Christianity, commerce and conservation.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, February 2011, p. 11.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2010)  Voyages of discovery:  novel information from old herbarium specimens.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, November, 2010 issue, p. 11.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2010)  Where’s a good giant ground sloth when you need one? :  Asimina and extinct megafauna.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, March – April, 2010 issue, p. 11.   

McCormick, Carol Ann (2009)  What goes around comes around:  Ferdinand Rugel & Rugelia nudicaulis.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, November – December, 2009 issue, p. 10.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2009)  Specimens from the deepfreeze:  Antarctic flora in the Herbarium.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, May – June, 2009 issue, p. 10.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2008)  Mississippi rare plants:  A case study in the Herbarium.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, May – June, 2008 issue, p. 8.  [published version mistakenly attributed authorship to G. Perlmutter]

McCormick, Carol Ann (2007)  The heartbreak of Psoralea:  rare plants in the Herbarium.  North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, September – October, 2007, p. 8.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) Ice flowers: a winter treat for early morning hikers. The Chapel Hill News, issue of Sunday, November 26, 2006.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) One flower you'll never find in the Herbarium:  Ice flowers. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, November-December 2006 issue, page 9.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) Go native with coral honeysuckle. The Chapel Hill News, issue of Sunday, April 30, 2006.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) King of the algal realm [Dr. Max Hommersand]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, March-April 2006 issue, page 13.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) In service to nature… and music [Arundo donax and woodwind reeds]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, January-February 2006 issue, page 9.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2005) Another roadside attraction [Platanthera ciliaris records in Orange Co., NC]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, November-December 2005, page 9.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2005) Wool-gathering in the Herbarium [South Carolina wool mill botanical specimens]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, September-October issue, page 9.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2005) Collector Chronicles, Part I [information on Wolfgang Wolf, R. Haven Wiley, Claire Newell, and Sadie Price]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, May-June issue, page 9.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2005) The Charles T. Mohr Herbarium Internship. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, March-April 2005 issue, page 9.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2003) Sleuthing in the UNC Herbarium [Amsonia ludoviciana records in the UNC Herbarium and re-introduction of the plant to Mississippi]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, September-October 2003.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2002) Carl Sandburg, The Confederate States of America, and the UNC Herbarium [collections of Edward Read Memminger]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, September-October 2002 issue.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2002) An orchid by any other name [herbarium annotations and Spiranthes eatonii]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, January-February 2002 issue.

McCormick, Carol Ann (2001) The art and science of preserving plants [herbarium labels]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, September-October 2001 issue.

White, Peter S., Tom Condon, Janet Rock, Carol Ann McCormick, Pat Beaty, and Keith Langdon (1996) Wildflowers of the Smokies. Great Smoky Mountains Association, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Casanova, J., M. Furriols, C.A. McCormick, G. Struhl (1995) Similarities between trunk and spatzle, putative extracellular ligands specifying body pattern in Drosophila. Genes & Development 9(20): 2439-2544.

McCormick, Carol Ann and Peter S. White (1993) Conservation project: the Nature Trail Area, Coker Pinetum, and Stillhouse Bottom Nature Preserve: final report. North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cox, Rachel T., Li-Mei Pai, Jeffrey R. Miller, Sandra Orsulic, Joel Stein, Carol Ann McCormick, Yara Audeh, Wei Wang, Randall T. Moon, and Mark Peifer (1999) Membrane-tethered Drosophila Armadillo cannot transduce Wingless signal on its own. Development 126: 1327-1335.

Johnson, Wayne A., Carol Ann. McCormick, Sarah Jane Bray, and Jay Hirsh (1989) A neuron-specific enhancer of the Drosophila Dopa Decarboxylase gene. Genes & Development 3(5): 676-686.

Scholnick, S. B., Bray, S. J., Morgan, B. A., McCormick, C.A., and Hirsh, J. (1986) CNS and hypoderm regulatory elements of the Drosophila melanogaster Dopa Decarboxylase gene. Science 234 (4779): 998-1002.

 


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Last Updated: 29 August 2014