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The mission of the International Association of Bryologists (IAB), as a society, is to strengthen bryology by encouraging interactions among all persons interested in byophytes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall Weekend Bryology and Lichenology Workshops on the Eastern Maine Coast, 2016

Fall Weekend Bryology and Lichenology Workshops on the Eastern Maine Coast

Mosses and Liverworts
October 7th-9th, 2016 at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine
This introductory workshop is designed for anyone who appreciates the outdoors and has ever been excited or curious about these attractive and often overlooked plants, whether in their backyards, gardens, or while hiking some remote forest trail. The workshop will also provide a solid foundation for those contemplating more advanced coursework. Lectures will focus on the distinguishing features of major groups of mosses and liverworts, their life histories, and the unique adaptations which allow them to continue to be successful in the wide variety of habitats in which they are found. Field trips to a variety of habitats will introduce these plants in their natural settings where students will be taught to recognize common genera, recognize their macro- and micro-habitat preferences, and learn basic collection techniques. Follow-up labs will give students an opportunity to learn basic moss and liverwort structure while learning to key and identify specimens collected in the field and will introduce students to the preparation of properly curated herbarium specimens. The goal of the workshop is to provide participants with the confidence, basic knowledge, and skill to pursue further study of mosses and their allies on their own. No prior experience in identifying these plants is assumed.
Dr. Fred Olday (folday@gmail.com) has previously instructed in botany, chemistry, and soils at University of Massachusetts Lowell and at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Following his retirement, he has returned to College of the Atlantic where he presently teaches courses in bryophyte and lichen biology. He spends as much time in the outdoors as possible where he divides his time between hiking, trail clearing, and becoming more familiar with the local bryophyte and lichen floras.
http://eaglehill.us/programs/fall-workshops/fall-workshops.shtml



Lichens Weekend Workshop in Eastern Maine
October 21st-23rd, 2016 at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine
This introductory workshop is designed for undergraduates in the biological sciences, people involved in natural history inventory work and interpretation, and for teachers or anyone whose appreciation of the outdoors has ever excited their curiosity about these attractive and intriguing organisms. The seminar will also provide a solid foundation for those contemplating more advanced coursework. The basic structure, life history, and ecology of lichens will be covered in formal lectures and discussions. Field trips to a variety of habitats will introduce these organisms in their natural settings where students will be taught to recognize common lichen genera, describe their macro- and microhabitat preferences, and learn basic collection techniques. Lab work will focus on the identification of representative lichens and the identification and curation of student collections. The goal of the seminar is to provide participants with the confidence, basic knowledge, and skill to pursue further study of lichens on their own. No prior experience in identifying lichens is assumed.
Dr. Fred Olday (folday@gmail.com) has previously instructed in botany, chemistry, and soils at University of Massachusetts Lowell and at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Following his retirement, he has returned to College of the Atlantic where he presently teaches courses in bryophyte and lichen biology. He spends as much time in the outdoors as possible where he divides his time between hiking, trail clearing, and becoming more familiar with the local bryophyte and lichen floras.
http://eaglehill.us/programs/fall-workshops/fall-workshops.shtml




Joerg-Henner Lotze
Director, Eagle Hill Institute
PO Box 9, 59 Eagle Hill Road, Steuben, ME 04680-0009 United States

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2017 IAB meeting to be held in China

Colleagues, the next IAB meeting will be held in Shenzhen, China, during the International Botanical Congress, which is held between July 23–29, 2017.

For general info regarding the congress visit: http://www.ibc2017.cn/

Field trips will be proposed by the IBC organizers.
I hope to meet many of you (again) next July and look forward to a stimulating meeting.

Bernard Goffinet
IAB President

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