Herbarium Staff & Curators 


Dr. Andrew Miller, Herbarium Director

Dr. Miller's primary research interests focus on the systematics and biodiversity of a broad range of fungi, but is  particularly interested in the evolution of wood-inhabiting ascomycetes. Currently, he is involved in research projects on the systematics of several groups in the Sordariomycetes, the biodiversity of aquatic ascomycetes along an altitudinal gradient in Peru, and a large-scale inventory of the microbial communities of caves and mines in Illinois. 

Jamie Minnaert-Grote, Collections Manager 

Jamie started as the Collections Manager August 2014. She previously worked at the Grant Herbarium (ISTC) at the University of Northern Iowa where she received her Masters Degree studying Plant Systematics and Ted R. Bradley Herbarium (GMUF) at George Mason University where she received her Bachelors Degree.

Dr. Rick Phillippe, Curator

Rick retired in 2014 but has continued working as curator in the collection. He is currently helping with the newest digitization grant.



Sarah Gillespie (2015) - Digitization Specialist - digitizing plant specimens for ILL and ILLS. Sarah is working on a grant that funds efforts to digitize species focusing on invasive plants of the Great Lakes Region.  



Ross Ziobro (2015) - Curatorial Assistant - barcoding lichen specimens. Ross started as a volunteer working on databasing plants. He was hired in 2015 to barcode the lichen collection and continues to work on the fungi collection.



Christine Cline (2015) - Curatorial Assistant - working on fungal specimens. Christine started as a volunteer helping to put away plant specimens. When the previous Curatorial Assistant retired in July 2015, Christine took over the position. Her job duties include mounting plants, transferring fungi into archival packets, and helping to organize and put away specimens.