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Patrick W. Sweeney

Senior Collections Manager

203.432.3537

patrick.sweeney@yale.edu

Division of Botany, Yale University Herbarium

 

Education

Ph.D., 2008, Department of Biology, University of Missouri–Saint Louis

M.S., 1999, Department of Botany, University of Georgia

B.S., 1994, Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University

 

Research Interests

Patrick Sweeney joined the Peabody Museum as Collections Manager in the Division of Botany in 2008. In addition to managing the Peabody's botanical collections, Patrick's interests include flowering plant systematics and evolution, North American floristics, and biodiversity informatics.  His more recent taxonomic and systematic research focuses on Viburnum (Adoxaceae) and the mangosteens (the genus Garcinia, Clusiaceae). He is also interested in the North American flora and has conducted survey and inventory work in the eastern and central United States. Additionally, he has been heavily involved in several herbarium digitization projects, including the New England Vascular Plants, Lichen/Bryophyte, and the Pteridophyte Collections Consortium TCNs, among others.

 

Selected Publications

Daru, B.H., Park, D.S., Primack, R.B., Willis, C.G., Barrington, D.S., Whitfeld, T.J.S., Seidler, T.G., Sweeney, P.W., Foster, D.R., Ellison, A.M., & Davis, C.C. 2018. Widespread sampling biases in herbaria revealed from large-scale digitization. New Phytologist 217: 939–955.

 

Ellwood, E.R., Kimberly, P., Guralnick, R., Flemons, P., Love, K., Ellis, S., Allen, J.M., Best, J.H., Carter, R., Chagnoux, S., Costello, R., Denslow, M.W., Dunckel, B.A., Ferriter, M.M., Gilbert, E.E., Goforth, C., Groom, Q., Krimmel, E.R., Lafrance, R., Martinec, J.L., Miller, A.N., Minnaert-, J., Nash, T., Oboyski, P., Paul, D.L., Pearson, K.D., Pentcheff, N.D., Roberts, M.A., Seltzer, C.E., Soltis, P.S., Stephens, R., Sweeney, P.W., Konrat, M.V.O.N., Wall, A., Wetzer, R., Zimmerman, C., & Mast, A.R. 2018. Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio): The Biocollections Community ’ s Citizen- Science Space on the Calendar. BioScience 68: 112–124.

 

Nelson, G., Sweeney, P.W., & Gilbert, E. 2018. Use of globally unique identifiers (GUIDs) to link herbarium specimen records to physical specimens: Applications in Plant Sciences 6: e1027.

 

Park, B., Sinnott-armstrong, M., Schlutius, C., Zuluaga, J.P., Spriggs, E.L., Simpson, R.G., Benavides, E., Landis, M.J., Sweeney, P.W., Eaton, D.A.R., & Donoghue, M.J. 2018. Sterile marginal flowers increase visitation and fruit set in the hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides , Adoxaceae) at multiple spatial scales. Annals of Botany mcy117: 1–10.

 

Spriggs, E.L., Eaton, D.A.R., Sweeney, P.W., & Schlutius, C. 2018. RAD-seq data reveal a cryptic Viburnum species on the North American Coastal Plain. Systematic Biology syy084.

 

Sweeney, P.W., Starly, B., Morris, P.J., Xu, Y., Jones, A., Radhakrishnan, S., Grassa, C.J., & Davis, C.C. 2018. Large-scale digitization of herbarium specimens: Development and usage of an automated, high-throughput conveyor system. Taxon 67: 165–178.

 

Yost, J.M., Sweeney, P.W., Gilbert, E., Nelson, G., Guralnick, R., Gallinat, A.S., Ellwood, E.R., Rossington, N., Willis, C.G., Blum, S.D., Walls, R.L., Haston, E.M., Denslow, M.W., Zohner, C.M., Morris, A.B., Stucky, B.J., Carter, J.R., Baxter, D.G., Bolmgren, K., Denny, E.G., Dean, E., Pearson, K.D., Davis, C.C., Mishler, B.D., Soltis, P.S., & Mazer, S.J. 2018. Digitization protocol for scoring reproductive phenology from herbarium specimens of seed plants: Applications in Plant Sciences 6: e1022.

 

Nelson, G., Sweeney, P.W., Wallace, L.E., Rabeler, R.K., Allard, D., Brown, H., Carter, J.R., Denslow, M.W., Ellwood, E.R., Germain-Aubrey, C.C., Gilbert, E., Gillespie, E., Goertzen, L.R., Legler, B., Marchant, D.B., Marsico, T.D., Morris, A.B., Murrell, Z., Nazaire, M., Neefus, C., Oberreiter, S., Paul, D., Ruhfel, B.R., Sasek, T., Shaw, J., Soltis, P.S., Watson, K., Weeks, A., & Mast, A.R. 2015. Digitization Workflows for Flat Sheets and Packets of Plants, Algae, and Fungi. Applications in Plant Sciences 3: 1500065.

 

Spriggs, E.L., Clement, W.L., Sweeney, P.W., Madriñán, S., Edwards, E.J., & Donoghue, M.J. 2015. Temperate radiations and dying embers of a tropical past: the diversification of ViburnumNew Phytologist 207: 340–354.

 

Clement, W.L., Arakaki, M., Sweeney, P.W., Edwards, E.J., & Donoghue, M.J. 2014. A chloroplast tree for Viburnum (Adoxaceae) and its implications for phylogenetic classification and character evolution. American Journal of Botany 101: 1029–1049.

 

Struwe, L., Poster, L.S., Howe, N., Zambell, C.B., & Sweeney, P.W. 2014. The making of a student-driven online campus flora: an example from Rutgers University. Plant Science Bulletin 60: 156–169.

 

Rogers, Z.S., Sweeney, P.W., & Gautier, L. 2011. Malagasy Garcinia (Clusiaceae) revisited: new combinations and lectotypifications for Ochrocarpos goudotianus and O. evonymoides and the lectotypification of Garcinia comorensis. Candollea 66: 2–4.

 

Sweeney, P.W. 2010. Floral anatomy in Garcinia nervosa and G. xanthochymus (Clusiaceae): A first step toward understanding the nature of nectaries in Garcinia. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 51: 157–168.

 

Sweeney, P.W., & Rogers, Z.S. 2008. Nomenclatural Notes on Garcinia (Clusiaceae) from Madagascar and The Comoros. Novon: A Journal for Botanical Nomenclature 18: 524–537.

 

Sweeney, P.W. 2008. Phylogeny and Floral Diversity in the Genus Garcinia (Clusiaceae) and Relatives. International Journal of Plant Sciences169: 1288–1303.

 

Slagle, M.W., Sweeney, P.W., Hiser, K.M., & Wells-Sweeney, H. 2008. Vegetation Survey of Prairie Reconstructions at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. Proceedings of the North American Prairie Conference 20: 225–232.

 

Rogers, Z.S., & Sweeney, P.W. 2007. Two distinctive new species of Malagasy Garcinia (Clusiaceae). Systematic Botany 32: 772–779.

 

Sweeney, P.W., Bradford, J.C., & Lowry II, P.P. 2004. Phylogenetic position of the New Caledonian endemic genus Hooglandia (Cunoniaceae) as determined by maximum parsimony analysis of chloroplast DNA. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 91: 266–274.

 

Sweeney, P.W., & Price, R.A. 2001. A multivariate morphological analysis of the Cardamine concatenata alliance (Brassicaceae). Brittonia 53: 82–95.

 

Sweeney, P.W., & Price, R.A. 2000. Polyphyly of the genus Dentaria (Brassicaceae): Evidence from trnL intron and ndhF sequence data. Systematic Botany 25: 468–478.

 

Recent Grant Support

DBI NSF 1802270

Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: The Pteridological Collections Consortium: An integrative approach to pteridophyte diversity over the last 420 million years

 

DBI NSF 1304941

Digitization PEN: Digitization of two Important Medium-sized Collections to Join the North American Bryophytes and Lichens TCN

 

DBI NSF 1209149

Collaborative Research: Digitization TCN: Mobilizing New England Vascular Plant Specimen Data to Track Environmental Changes

 

DEB NSF 1145606

ARTS: A cyber-enabled global monograph of Viburnum (Adoxaceae, Dipsacales)

 

Professional Societies

American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Botanical Society of America, International Association for Plant Taxonomy, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Society of Herbarium Curators

 

Committees/Service

Executive Editor (2018 - present), Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History

Steering Committee Chair (2009 - present), Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria

President (2018 - 2020), Society of Herbarium Curators