Ralph M. Kriebel

Ralph M. Kriebel
Ralph M. Kriebel
1897-1946

Ralph Kriebel, teacher, quarry-man, botanist and conservationist, made many plant collections in Lawrence County in southern Indiana, where he worked for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) from 19341942. His primary botanical mentor and field companion was Charles C. Deam, author of the second and much enlarged Flora of Indiana (1940). Kriebel transfer​r​ed to the Lafayette office of the SCS in 1942, then joined the staff of the Agricultural Extension Service of Purdue University in 1943. After his death, his herbarium of 10,886 specimens was purchased by the Purdue Agricultural Experiment Station, and added to the existing herbarium started by Stanley CoulterStanley Coulter and his brother John M. Coulter (18511928) were pioneer botanists in Indiana, and contributed to the first state flora of Indiana. The combined herbarium was dedicated and renamed in honor of Ralph Kriebel in August 1961. The Kriebel Herbarium was subsequently transferred in 1986 from the Department of Biology to the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, where it is now maintained.​​


References

  • ​Deam, CC. 1940. Flora of Indiana. Indianapolis: Department of Conservation, Indiana. 1236 pp.
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