Bryolog 30 (25 November 2022)
As a general policy, check the website for event updates before you walk out the door!
- Registration is open for SO BE FREE 27, 23-26 June 2023, at the Sagehen Field Station in the Northern Sierra Nevada near Truckee, CA. What could be more pleasant than summer days in the California mountains? Read the detailed announcement and register HERE
- LESKEA — CA Bryoflora Forum Keying Sessions: variable schedule on Saturdays and Wednesday afternoons, plus office hours, at the Center for Botanical Diversity, DAV Herbarium, UC Davis. More info HERE
- Bryophyte field survey opportunities in Napa County and at Mt. Diablo. Details HERE
- Recap of the 2022 CNPS Conference Bryophyte Session HERE
- California Bryoflora Forum update HERE
- Rare Plant Committee report HERE
- Photo Gallery: Moss Sporophyte Spotlight HERE
The CA Bryoflora Forum (Stephen Rae, John Hutton and John Game) continue to offer moss identification sessions at the Center for Botanical Diversity DAV herbarium for beginning and intermediate level bryologists on Saturdays, as well as Wednesday afternoons. Schedule is variable: please contact Stephen (sprae[at]ucdavis.edu or 707-287-0248) about dates and times.
— Stephen P. Rae, CaBF
The California Bryoflora Forum (CaBF) is developing several field survey activities extending both the Mt Diablo and Napa County bryophyte flora projects recently published in Madroño. Bryologists interested in joining the survey teams should contact David Hutton for Mt Diablo (huttond475[at]gmail.com) or Stephen Rae for Napa County (stephen.rae[at]gmail.com).
— John T. McLaughlin, SJSU Biological Sciences Graduate Student
This fall’s 2022 CNPS Conservation Conference was held in centrally located San Jose, CA, and marked my first time in attendance. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a great turnout, consisting of conservationists, horticulturists, industry professionals, ethnobotanists, and cryptogamists alike. It was a lively event that took place over three days and included workshops, field trips, lightning talks, and presentation sessions, among other activities. Preceding the conference, our current president, Ben Carter, held a comprehensive bryophyte workshop that covered many aspects of bryology, ranging from the basics to current research, and was very well received.
Current bryophyte and lichen research was well represented at the conference in both the poster and presentation sessions. At the poster session, a number of undergraduate and graduate lichen posters were presented, displaying the often underrepresented diversity of California’s fungal forms. Berkeley’s own, Jenna Ekwealor had a lovely poster highlighting her work with Syntrichia caninervis, and discussed her efforts studying this desert species’ phenological patterns. An entire hour and forty-minute session was dedicated to the presentation of bryophyte research, titled “Bryology in California: Recent Advances in Understanding the Large Contribution of our Small Plants.” Despite occurring on the last day of the conference and at eight o’clock on a Saturday, the session was full of eager botanists. The talks were headlined by Jasmine Anenberg from Northern Arizona University, who discussed her doctoral research surrounding biocrust propagation and dryland mosses. The next three presentations followed a united theme looking at biogeographical patterns of California bryophytes in ascending complexity. The first talk was given by myself, where I discussed the bryophyte bioregions in California. Following this, Ben Carter expanded by using the same data set to investigate the phylogenetic diversity of bryophytes in California. Lastly, Brent Mishler conducted more advanced analyses, again using the same data set. Among the conclusions discussed in Brent’s talk, the most central was the fact that we still lack a complete spatial understanding of bryophytes in California. Throughout the session, really insightful questions were posed after each talk, leading to even more impactful discussions.
Throughout the conference, I recognized a number of folks from past SO BE FREE meetings, but I was also able to network with those from other concentrations. I feel this is the greatest benefit when attending a more generalized conference because it provides new perspectives from a broad spectrum of foci. Being a first-time attendee, I can highly recommend the entire experience. I learned so much about the diversity of research being conducted here in California, and I was proud to represent the CNPS Bryophyte Chapter. It should be noted that the conference was so well attended, that this was the first CNPS conference to sell out. So next time around, make sure to register early!