Although his studies primarily concerned fish and fossils, Dr. Fierstine also collected plants. His specimens, characterized by orderly, hand-written labels and beautifully-pressed plants, are largely preserved in the Robert F. Hoover Herbarium at Cal Poly. Thirty-four have been uncovered so far, but many continue to come to light as we catalog the thousands of specimens in this herbarium.
These 34 specimens commemorate a trip that Dr. Fierstine took to Larimer county, Colorado, in the summer of 1971. As he traveled in the mountains near Fort Collins, he documented the stunning diversity of the Rocky Mountains, like the alpine clover (Trifolium dasyphyllum) shown on the right, a species endemic to high elevations in the west-central U.S. His specimens speak to a deep interest in the natural world, in and out of the ocean. We are saddened by his passing, but thankful for his contributions to science during his full and productive life.
- Fierstine HL, Crimmin O. 1996. Two erroneous, commonly cited examples of "swordfish" piercing wooden ships. Copeia. 2:472-475.