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American Bryological and Lichenological Society!

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The American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS) was founded in 1898. Our organization is devoted to the scientific study of all aspects of the biology of bryophytes and lichen-forming fungi and is one of the nation's oldest botanical organizations. Membership is open to all persons (professionals and amateurs) with interest in these organisms.

Please note: we are currently transitioning to a new website. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please try this link. Thank you for your patience as we work through these updates!

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ABLS Virtual Annual General Meeting 2021

Please join us on August 27th, 2021 at 5pm EST for our 2021 virtual AGM.

The meeting agenda can be found here.

Proposed changes to the ABLS constitution can be found here.

Update Regarding Botany 2020

Dear ABLS members –


I wanted to give you an update about our ABLS annual meeting as part of Botany 2020 in Anchorage, scheduled for July 18-22.  As the attached document from the Botany 2020 Leadership Team indicates, given the uniquely uncertain and challenging events we are facing, there has not been a final decision regarding the conference at this time.  As indicated in the document, the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended until April 30.


We will keep you updated as the situation develops, and you can also check the conference website https://2020.botanyconference.org/  If events require cancellation of the conference, we will explore alternative arrangements for at least some type of virtual event to share updates, awards, and future plans.


Thanks for your interest in and support of ABLS, and best wishes to you and yours in the coming months.



Doug Ladd

President, ABLS

Applications now open for the 2020 Anderson & Crum Field Bryology and the Culberson & Hale Field Lichenology research awards!

Proposals are due by March 1, 2020. Please see Grants page for more information.

Registration is now open on the Botany Conference site for the 27-31 July, 
2019 ABLS annual meeting in Arizona. Click here to register.

Abstract submission, meeting registration, and housing reservations for ABLS 2019 meeting
with Botany 2019 at Starr Pass Rexort, Tucson, AZ, July 27-31 are through that linked website o.
Abstracts are due by midnight May 31. TAKE NOTE: you MUST submit an abstract and register
ONLY ON THE BOTANY 2019 WEB SITE; no ABLS site will allow you to do this. You
MUST create your own “Botany” Conference ID to submit and register. 

ABLS meets with Botany 2019 at Starr Pass, Tucson, AZ, July 27-31, 2019
Details as of March 14, 2019

The Botany 2019 web site http://2019.botanyconference.org/ is where you register for the
meeting, submit an abstract, and book housing. All are open now. Housing is primarily at the
Marriot Starr Pass Resort, with prices somewhat to notably (for students only) lower than for
most convention center hotels linked with the 2015-2017 ABLS meetings. Abstract submission
closes April 1; early registration closes May 31. There’s no clear date for how long the special
conference housing rates are available (only when booked through the Botany 2019 web site),
but later than May 31 seems likely.

Continental breakfast each day and the all-society mixer Wednesday evening are covered in
registration. There are an on-site upscale restaurant for dinner, a barbeque restaurant and a
takeout marketplace for lunch and dinner, a poolside restaurant and a Starbucks for lunch; some
are open for full breakfast. All are described on the resort web site

There are many restaurants in Tucson proper, that is ~5 miles away.
REMINDER - students wishing to apply for travel support from ABLS must submit an abstract
(talk or poster) specifically for the "Bryology and Lichenology" contributed talk or poster
sessions that are cosponsored by ABLS.

Some field trips are listed, though not yet lichen/bryophyte trips, that will be posted soon. Field
trip costs are not listed and signup is not open yet. ABLS will have some kind of society banquet
or social get-together Tuesday evening and the all-members business meeting on Wednesday
evening. Details for both are still being worked out.


Contact James Lendemer <jlendemer@nybg.org> for info about the 2019 Tuckerman workshop to be held 5–10 September in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario, CA

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