News from IAB

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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Future Arctic - A global initiative on bryophyte and lichen Arctic research: from species to ecosystems

Over fifty participants  from 10 countries have just attended a workshop on Arctic cryptogams at la Forêt Montmorency, Québec, Canada,  #futurearctic2017. The workshop entitled Future Arctic included sections on floristics, biodiversity, ecology, population genetics, barcoding and microbiomes of bryophytes and lichens.

First row (left to right): Jean Gagnon (Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, Canada), Troy Mcmullin ( Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada), Cassandra Robillard (Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada), Juan Carlos Villarreal (Université Laval, Canada), Line Rochefort (Université Laval, Canada), Sarah-Kim Lavoie (Université Laval, Canada), Sean Robinson (SUNY-Oneonta, Oneonta, USA), Hannah Holland-Moritz (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA), Lily R. Lewis (University of Florida, USA,), Mélina Guêné-Nanchen (Université Laval, Canada). 

Photo by P.A. Picard

Standing second row (left to right): Apolline Benoist (University of Sherbrooke, Canada), Marion Barbé (Institut de recherche sur les forêts, UQAT, Canada), Camille Lavoie (Université Laval, Canada), Catherine Chagnon (Université Laval, Canada), Catherine LaFarge-England (University of Alberta,Canada), Nicole Fenton (Institut de recherche sur les forêts, UQAT, Canada), Roman Darnajoux (Université de Sherbrooke,Canada), Jane Pettit (University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine, USA), Maria Kuzmina (Center for Biodiversity Genomics, U. of Guelph, Canada), Kristine Bogomazova (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK)Isuru Kariyawasam (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK), Bonnie Corey (University of Maine at Presque Isle, USA), Judith Roe (University of Maine at Presque Isle, USA), Kellina Higgins (Société québecoise de la bryologie, Canada), Eeva-Stiina Tuittila (University of Eastern Finland, Finland), Britney Miller (University of Alberta, Canada), Dominique Gravel (Québec Center for Biodiversity, Canada), Bernard Goffinet (University of Connecticut, USA).

Standing third row (left to right): Jean-Philllipe Bellenger (University of Sherbrooke, Canada), Alice Ledent (University of Liège, Belgium), Kristian Hassel (NTNU University Museum, Norway), Marie Renaudin (University of Sherbrooke, Canada), Pauline, LeMonier (University of Sherbrooke, Canada), Nicolas Magain (Duke University, USA), Raphaël Bouchard (Université Laval, Canada), Claude Roy (Université Laval, Canada), Satoshi Imura (National Institute of Polar Research, Japan), Jennifer Doubt (Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada), Michael Stech (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Netherlands), Julia Bechteler ( Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany), Guillaume Bay (University of Sherbrooke, Canada), Jean Faubert (société québecoise de la bryologie, Canada), Julia Stuart (Northern Arizona University, USA), Mélanie Jean (University of Saskatchewan, Canada), François Lutzoni (Duke University, USA), Dietmar Quandt (Nees Institut für Biodiversität der Pflanzen, Universität Bonn, Germany), Tomy Prestø (NTNU University Museum, Norway).

Not shown are: Esther Levesque (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada), Michael Ignatov (Moscow State University, Russia), Pierre-Alain Picard (Université Laval, Canada), Sébastian Meilleur (Université Laval, Canada), Gilles Gaotier ((Université Laval, Canada) 
 and Vladimir Fedosov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia).

Design and photography by L. Leport

Thanks to Laval University,  the Department of Biology, Department of  Phytology and the Faculty of Forestry (Laval University); the Louis-Marie Herbarium (Laval University), Center for Northern Studies (CEN), the Sentinel North and the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) for funding. 

Best wishes, 
Juan Carlos, Line Rochefort, Claire Boismenu and Mélina Guêné-Nanchen

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bryophyte Ecology book has new online address

I am pleased to announce that my online book, Bryophyte Ecology, has moved to Digital Commons and is now available at <>.

  The old site is still active, but soon it will be removed and instead will redirect you to the new site.  The university has provided me with a webmaster who responds quickly to my updates.

  The biggest advantage of this move is that it provides a more permanent home for the book and will allow it to persist if I am no longer around.  It also permits you to download an entire chapter at a time instead of downloading each file individually.  (And I think it is faster.)

  The first volume has been updated and many more images have been added.  The second volume is slightly revised, and it has a new chapter on Terrestrial Insects.  The Methods and Uses volumes are mostly unchanged.  They glossary has been extensively expanded, with the help of Leica Chavoutier.

  I need your feedback.  I made the decision to have images of everything, if I could find them.  For the online version, this should not be a problem, but for those of you who choose to print it, that's a lot of time and paper.  Please let me know about this and other improvements I could make.

  Thank you for your many contributions to this effort!
Best wishes,
Janice Glime
Prof. Emerita
  (Michigan Technological University)
219 Hubbell St.
Houghton, MI 49931 USA