Trek Magazine - - Bitter Pill -

Af­ter re­tir­ing in 1991 from her po­si­tion as Chief of Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vices for the Royal Bri­tish Columbia Mu­seum in Vic­to­ria, Mary-Lou Flo­rian, BA’48, has devoted her time to re­search and writ­ing – pub­lish­ing sev­eral books re­lated to the con­ser­va­tion of mu­seum ob­jects. Keen to make her re­search more widely avail­able, Flo­rian ap­proached UBC Li­brary to make her new book avail­able through its Open Col­lec­tions. The book – Com­par­a­tive Anatomy of Branches, Roots and Wood of Some North Amer­i­can Di­cotyle­donous and Conif­er­ous Trees and Woody Shrubs Used in Ethno­graphic Ar­ti­facts: Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Con­ser­va­tion Con­cerns – is a com­par­a­tive anatomy of tis­sues that were used his­tor­i­cally in mak­ing ethno­graphic and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ar­ti­facts. Flo­rian hopes it will be use­ful as a lab man­ual for teach­ing and ref­er­ence for re­search, not only for ethno­graphic rea­sons, but also for many as­pects of plant anatomy and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and forestry.

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