About the Society





The American Bryological and Lichenological Society was founded in 1898. It is an organization 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. Approximately 625 individuals currently hold membership in the Society.

Constitution

The ABLS Constitution and By-Laws govern the operations of the Society and were last amended in 2015. They include information on membership, meetings, finances, prohibitions, officers, publications, awards, and dues. 

Society Officers

Society officers are elected every other year by open ballot. The officers currently include a president, president-elect, a treasurer, and a secretary. The society is governed by an Executive Committee that includes the officers, elected members-at-large, plus the appointed positions the journal editors, the webmaster, the chair of the financial advisory committee, and the two past presidents. Responsibilities and requirements for ABLS elected offices are here.

Presidents of the ABLS

Membership Services

A directory of current members, information about membership dues, and applications for individuals wishing to join ABLS may be found on the membership services page.

Meetings

The Society (ABLS) holds annual meetings in July or August, and field trips are normally offered in conjunction with the meeting. Annual meetings are often held jointly with meetings of the Botanical Society of America or with meetings of other biological societies. Support for student travel to annual meetings is available.

Awards

Each year, the Society recognizes distinguished contributions to bryology and lichenology through awards for both papers and presentations. The society also has a program of small grants to promote field research in bryology or lichenology. Please see our Grants and Awards page for additional information.

Publications

The Society publishes both a quarterly journal and an informational bulletin. Information on electronic access is described in detail here. Subscription rates can be found by clicking hereMore information about these items be found at the official webpages for The Bryologist and Evansia.

Specimen Exchanges

The Society also sponsors specimen exchanges, to help members acquire identified specimens from diverse geographic regions.

Hepatic Exchange

Moss Exchange

Lichen Exchange

History

Lewis Anderson's 2000 paper on the early history of the society.

Irwin Brodo's 2000 paper on lichenology in the ABLS, 1899-1999.

Archive

ABLS maintains a web-accessible archive as a repository for society information from years past.





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