The 10th annual TORCH meeting will be held in conjunction with the 64th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN), April 13-16th 2017 at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. The meeting will consist of contributed papers (submitted through SWAN), and a Curators’ Meeting, both of which are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 15th.

Visit the SWAN website ( for the Call for Papers (deadline is 1 March 2017) and to register (early registration ends 1 March 2017). When submitting an abstract, please additionally send an email to Mike Dunn (, our local TORCH representative, so that he can make sure your talk is placed in the TORCH session.

The Texas Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria was developed to advocate for and to organize herbaria in Texas and Oklahoma. TORCH has four primary objectives:

  • Provide a mechanism for communication and collaboration among regional herbaria of all types and sizes
  • Promote regional data sharing and plant taxonomic and collections-based research, outreach, and education
  • Function as a regional consortium in the plant research collection network
  • Assist herbaria with infrastructural and management guidelines and problem solving