​The Duke Herbarium (DUKE) supports a broad spectrum of biological research, both within Duke, and abroad. We frequently host visitors from other institutions, and DUKE specimens are cited in hundreds of publications.

Collections-based Research
by Duke Scientists

Active Loan Program

Much of the research role of the collection is fulfilled through its active loan program. For example, from 2005 to 2009, DUKE lent over 17,000 specimens to outside researchers (thus permitting scientists at other institutions to access our data) and borrowed over 32,000 specimens (thus allowing DUKE-affiliated scientists access to the data from other collections).

showing 33923 specimens loaned from 2005 to 2009
17445 specimens loaned by Duke from 2005 to 2009