Society News



August 3, 2013- Course: Biological Soil Crust Ecology and Management (1730-41)

This 2.5 day course (this coming March 25-27, 2014, in Moab, Utah) taught by Roger Rosentreter describes biological soil crusts, how to identify and recognize the different types of soil crusts, what factors control the distribution of soil crusts and why they are ecologically important.  Included are field exercises that will reinforce classroom discussion topics, such as identification, monitoring, ecological roles, and management techniques.


February 6, 2013- New California Moss eFlora available online 

Please visit the new online moss flora of California website. The site contains a full set of dichotomous keys, links to photographs and line drawings for many taxa, as well as distribution maps drawn from digitized specimens at UC Berkeley California Academy of Sciences

December 19, 2012Congratulations to the new officers:

President-Elect: Larry St. Clair
Secretary/Treasurer: Scott Schuette 
Member-at-Large:
Jessica Budke



October 1, 2012-  Minutes from the September 2012 ABLS Conference Call. 
August 3, 2012-  Minutes from the 2012 ABLS Business Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. 

Congratulations to 2012 ABLS award winners:

The 2012 Sullivant Award was presented to Steven K. Rice, Nathali Neal, Jesse Mango & Kelly Black in recognition of their published work in THE BRYOLOGIST 114(2): 367–378 (Relationships among shoot tissue, canopy and photosynthetic characteristics in the feathermoss Pleurozium schreberi).

The 2012 Tuckerman Award was presented to Heather T. Root, Jesse E. D. Miller & Bruce McCune in recognition of their published work in THE BRYOLOGIST 114(4): 796–812 (Biotic soil crust lichen diversity and conservation in shrub-steppe habitats of Oregon and Washington).

The 2012 A. J. Sharp Award was presented to Amber Paasch in recognition of the best student presentation at the annual ABLS Conference in Columbus, Ohio, titled Assessment of genetic diversity in the Mojave Desert moss Syntrichia caninervis using microsatellite markers.


December 13, 2011-  New Editor of The Bryologist. We are pleased to announce that James Lawrey, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, has accepted our invitation to become the next editor of the Bryologist. Jim has already started transition activities with Bernard Goffinet, outgoing editor, and will officially be responsible for Volume 115, Issue 2, the summer issue of 2012. ABLS would like to thank Bernard for his tenure as editor .

October 14, 2011-  NSF grant to image about 2.3 million North American lichen and bryophyte specimens from more than 60 collections to address questions of how species distributions change after major environmental events, both in the past and projected into the future.

February 11, 2011 - Letter from President-elect Dr. Roger Rosentreter concerning upcoming ABLS conference in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, June 20-24th. Pre-Registration form for conference.



December 3, 2010- Evansia joins The Bryologist online at BioOne starting January 3rd 2011. Accessible back volumes will include Vol. 24 (2007) to present. 



December 3, 2010 - Message from President Dr. Karen Renzaglia.


August 23, 2010 - The 2010 Annual Meeting Award Winners:

2010 A.J. Sharp Award ($500 + 2011 membership + ABLS journals): Juan Carlos Villarreal - Thousands of years without sex: The case of the Southern Appalachian Nothoceros aenigmaticus

2009 Sullivant Award ($500): Amelia Merced-Alejandro & Ines Sastre-de Jesus. A developmental sequence for paraphyses in Neckeropsis (Neckeraceae). Bryologist 112(2): 342-353.

2009 Tuckerman Award ($500): Soili Stenroos, Seppo Huhtinen, Anne Lesonen, Zdenek Palice & Christian Printzen. Puttea, gen. nov., erected for the enigmatic lichen Lecidea margaritella. Bryologist 112(3): 544-557.


August 23, 2010 - Minutes from the 2010 ABLS Business Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.


May 3, 2010 - Recent changes to membership benefits, journal access and subscriptions.

ABLS has engaged in a new partnership with Allen Press, serving as the professional business office for the society. The partnership will enhance membership and subscription services by managing all payments for memberships, subscriptions, back issue orders, donations, etc. In addition, ABLS Members will soon have the opportunity to join/renew/subscribe online. Member will have 24/7 access to their personal records (protected by a self-identified Username and Password), will be able to update their contact information whenever the need arises, will have a reference e-mail for claims of missing issues, and will have easy access to the ABLS association manager at Allen Press if questions or concerns arise.

Evansia has been accepted into BioOne. Effective with volume 28, Evansia will go online beginning in 2011. Volumes 24–27 will also be available online.

JSTOR online access now available to all members effective immediately.

New online subscription option for both journals in 2011. ABLS members will be able to access The Bryologist and Evansia online through BioOne without receiving the paper copies of the jounal. Subscription prices for the online option will be the same as the paper copies.


March 22, 2010 - 2010 Botanical Conference in Providence, RI. Call for papers and Student Travel Award information.


January 11, 2010- Minutes of the 2009 ABLS General Business Meeting held at Snowbird, Utah.


January 11, 2010 - The 2009 Annual Meeting Award Winners:

A.J. Sharp Award ($500 + 2010 membership + ABLS journals): Jillian Bainard - Using flow cytometry to estimate genome size in bryophytes: a closer look at methodology.

Honorable mention: Kirsten Coe - What's the frequency, Syntrichia?? Quantifying desert moss response to changes in precipitation regime.

Sullivant Award ($500): Harris, E. S. J. 2008. Ethnobryology: traditional uses and folk classification of bryophytes. Bryologist 111: 169--217.

Tuckerman Award ($500): Amtoft, A., Lutzoni, F. & J. Miadlikowska. 2008. Dermatocarpon (Verrucariaceae) in the Ozark Highlands, North America. Bryologist 111: 1--40.


October 23, 2009 - Message from President Dr. Karen Renzaglia.


February 20, 2009 - John W. Thomson 1913 - 2009 - click here for memorial web archive. John Thomson was the 24th President of the ABLS, 1958 - 1959. Click here for a list of the ABLS presidents.


October 16, 2008 - Attendees at the September, 2008 Tuckerman Workshop on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.     (Photo: Troy McMullin)


August 25, 2008 - Minutes of the 2008 ABLS General Business Meeting held at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California.


August 8, 2008 - 2008 Annual Meeting Award Winners:

A. J. Sharp Award for a bryophyte paper ($500 + 2009 membership + ABLS journals): Scott Schuette - Ultrastructure, immunocytochemistry and bioinformatics: an interdisciplinary approach to elucidating genetic control of spore wall development in Physcomitrella patens. Honorable mention: Kirsten Coe.

A. J. Sharp Award for a lichen paper ($500 + 2009 membership + ABLS journals): Todd Widhelm - Testing species delimitations in the Parmotrema perforatum group in eastern North America. Honorable mention: Steven Leavitt.

2008 Tuckerman and Sullivant Award Winners:

Tuckerman Award ($500): Lücking, R., W. R. Buck & E. Rivas Plata. 2007. The lichen family Gomphillaceae (Ostropales) in eastern North America, with notes on hyphophore development in Gomphillus and Gyalideopsis. Bryologist 110(4): 622-672.

Sullivant Award ($500): Duff, R. J., J. C. Villarreal, D. C. Cargill & K. S. Renzaglia. 2007. Progress and challenges toward developing a phylogeny and classification of the hornworts. Bryologist 110(2): 214-243.


December 7, 2007 - 2007 Tuckerman and Sullivant Award Winners:
Tuckerman Award:
Ohmura, Y., M. Kawachi, F. Kasai, M. M. Watanabe & S. Takeshita. 2006. Genetic combinations of symbionts in a vegetatively reproducing lichen, Parmotrema tinctorum, based on ITS rDNA sequences. Bryologist 109(1): 43-59.
Sullivant Award: von Konrat, M., J. E. Braggins, Y. Asakawa & M. Toyota. 2006. Frullania chevalieri (Jubulaceae) in New Zealand, with a reassessment of Schusterella. Bryologist 109(2): 141-156.


September 13, 2007 - Attendees at the September, 2007 Tuckerman Workshop on the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland.    


September 12, 2007 - New web pages from the 2007 Xalapa meeting, including photos, abstracts, and trip locality data.


August 27, 2007 - Minutes of the ABLS General Business Meeting held at Xalapa, Mexico.


August 23, 2007 - 2007 Annual Meeting Award Winners: Winner of the A. J. Sharp Award for the best student presentation at the meeting: Brendan Hodkinson (Duke University) "Non-Photosynthetic Bacteria and the Lichen Symbiosis" $500 + 2008 membership and ABLS journals. Honorable Mention: Eric Harris (UC-Berkeley) "Bryophytes Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine" and Deneb Garcia-Avila (INECOL, Xalapa, Mexico) "The Molecular Phylogeny of the Family Thuidiaceae (Bryophyta): Insights about Inner Relationships"
Attendees of the 2007 Xalapa Annual Meeting.    


March 26, 2007 - Election Results: President Elect: Karen Renzaglia. Members at Large: Katherine Glew, Malcolm Sargent, and Susan Will-Wolf. New officers will take over at the conclusion of the meeting in Xalapa this summer.


March 6, 2007 - The 25 most accessed articles in The Bryologist since access to the journal at JSTOR began in October, 2005 are listed here along with other interesting usage statistics.


February 22, 2007 - ABLS has received the first revenue sharing payment from JSTOR for access to The Bryologist for 2006. Over 540 institutions now have electronic access to the journal through JSTOR. 


December 12, 2006 - Due to an increase in submissions to The Bryologist, the Executive Committee has decided for 2007 to increase the number of pages per issue from 150 to 200. This should decrease the length of time it takes from when a manuscript is submitted to when it is published. This will take effect with issue 110(2) because 110(1) is already with the printer. If the situation continues, we will decide if we should continue the increase in page number per issue or perhaps go to six issues per year rather than the current four.—Bill Buck, Editor, The Bryologist


November 14, 2006 - Bob Egan processing the hundreds of 2006 dues payments!   


January 26, 2006 - Back issues of The Bryologist from 1898 to 2002 are now available at JSTOR (www.jstor.org). This archive is not available to the general public, and can only be accessed through various educational and government institutions. JSTOR detects your institutional membership through your IP address when you access their home page. If you have none you will not be granted access. ABLS is developing a policy for granting individual ABLS members access through a logon procedure and will make this available by next year. If you gain access to JSTOR through your institution, The Bryologist will appear only if your institution has subscribed to it. (Click on Browse, then Botany & Plant Sciences) You must contact your institution to determine if they are going to subscribe to it. If you have questions or comments please contact the Business Manager, Jim Bennett.


November 1, 2005 - Recent Literature on Lichens lists published in The Bryologist. Beginning with list 201 (to appear in Volume 109, No. 2 for 2006), Bob Egan will be (again) the compiler. Ted Esslinger is retiring from this project after many years of exceptional work. Bob is asking that colleagues send him reprints, .pdf files, books etc. of their works immediately, as he is now in the process of working on his first installment. Ted would also like to continue to receive your reprints.


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