The Mary McKee Felton Herbarium Internship Fund
at the University of North Carolina Herbarium
Dan Meyers and
Dan Meyers is the 2018 Mary McKee Felton Intern
in the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium
Dan Meyers, University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill class of 2021, is majoring in Quantitative Biology, and minoring in
Chemistry & Entrepreneurship. He
is from Holly Springs, Wake County, North Carolina.
During the fall 2017 Dan volunteered in the
Herbarium and worked with Herbarium Associate Dr. Van Cotter to identify,
label, and index type specimens in Herbarium’s extensive fungal
collection. In January, 2018 he became
the Mary McKee Felton Intern, and is continuing to document NCU’s mycological
type specimens. Dan will be presenting
a poster about his work at the Mid-Atlantic
States Mycological Conference which will be
held April 13-14, 2018 at the Saluda Shoals Park Environmental Education Center
in Columbia, South Carolina.
Dan’s interest in mycology was sparked during his
junior year of high school when he attended a talk about soil science at Resource Conservation Workshop, an event sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil &
Water Conservation Districts in conjunction with the NC Division of Soil
& Water Conservation, North Carolina State University’s Crop & Soil
Science Department, and the Soil & Water Conservation Society Hugh
Hammond Bennett Chapter. “The Resource
Conservation Workshop is a weeklong workshop and involves study and hands-on
participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed at North Carolina State
University campus dormitories…[and learn] about
natural resources and their management in today’s global environment.” His mycological interests were reinforced
when he found fairy rings of Chlorophyllum molybdites in his backyard in Holly Springs.
Chlorophyllum molybdites in Holly Springs, Wake County,
Dan is also
the Compost Co-manager for the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCB), a program of the North
Carolina Botanical Garden. The CCCG
grows vegetables and fruit so that all University of North Carolina employees
have access to fresh produce. CCCG
also fosters gardening skills and healthy living for students, staff and faculty
of the University.
Friends, classmates and colleagues of Mary
McKee Felton (1917 – 2001) are honoring her and her years of service to the
herbarium and the university community by establishing an endowment account
to fund an internship in the herbarium. This internship supports employment
of a student for a semester in the UNC Herbarium. Students may apply or be
nominated by faculty and selections will be made by the Herbarium
administration. To make a contribution or to obtain more information,
please contact Charlotte Jones-Roe, Director for Development at the North
Carolina Botanical Garden at 919-962-9458 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in applying for the Mary McKee Felton Herbarium Internship,
please contact Alan S. Weakley, Herbarium Curator, at (919) 962-0578 or by
email at email@example.com . Any
internship candidate should demonstrate keen interest in the flora of the
southeastern United States, have good typing skills, and have an interest
in learning how to use and curate herbarium specimens.
Past Mary McKee Felton Interns:
2003: Lisa Giencke
Project: To database and create distribution maps of the ferns and fern
allies of the Southeastern United States
Project: Annotate, database, and
correctly re-file all specimens of Andropogon worldwide according to the most current
nomenclature and taxonomic concepts.
Project: We’ve all heard the adage
that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
Felton Intern Kristie Wendelberger is taking
that adage another step, and replacing strings of descriptive text with
simple, attractive, informative maps.
She is creating single species occurrence maps to be inserted into the
Flora of the Southern &
Mid-Atlantic States by Herbarium Curator Dr. Alan Weakley. She is creating a map for each of the 7,000
species in the Flora. The information depicted in these maps will
quickly provide the reader important details about the species’ presence,
abundance, and states as a native or exotic plant.
Project: Basics of herbarium curation,
focusing on 19th century specimens given to NCU by Jesup Herbarium of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
2012: Hannah Meeler
Project: Basics of herbarium curation,
focusing on Violaceae of the Southeastern United
of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium
CB# 3280, Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
phone: (919) 962-6931
Last Updated: 2 April 2018