TORCH XI 2018 Meeting

The 11th annual TORCH meeting will be held in conjunction with the 65th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN), April 12-15th 2018 in San Marcos, Texas, co-hosted by St. Edward’s University and Texas State University. The meeting will consist of contributed papers and posters (submitted through SWAN), and a Curators’ session, both of which are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 14th. We expect the Curators’ session to include a business meeting as usual, but in addition to include workshops to support digitization efforts at TORCH herbaria.

UPDATE: The Curators’ session will take place on April 14th from 1 – 5pm in Room 326 of the Supple Science Building on the campus of Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

Please visit the SWAN website ( for the Call for Papers (deadline is 15 Feb 2018) and to register (early registration ends 1 March 2018). When submitting an abstract, please additionally send an email to David Lemke (, our local TORCH representative, so that he can make sure your talk is placed in the TORCH session.

We encourage all TORCH members to consider submitting an abstract and to share this announcement with colleagues and students; the paper sessions are open to all SWAN registrants and the Curators’ session to anyone interested.

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