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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Biology of Bryophytes (Mosses, Liverworts, & Hornworts) with Dr. Jonathan Shaw

(7 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


Jonathan Shaw (fourth from the left) at the Green Swamp with students from Duke’s Graduate Liberal Studies program

Clockwise from top left (by Jonathan Shaw): the liverwort, Frullania; a microscopic view of another liverwort, Cololejeunia, illustrating that these plants are also beautiful at that microscopic level; the moss, Helodium, from southern Alaska; and peat moss (Sphagnum), Dr. Shaw’s current research focus—this is Sphagnum warnstorfii, a species that is usually brilliant red.

Please join Dr. Jonathan Shaw for an overview of the biology of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, hornworts) including their life cycles and how one distinguishes between these three groups of plants.  He’ll also talk about the ecology of bryophytes in North Carolina and more broadly.  As his current research interests center on the peatmosses (Sphagnum), which are arguably among the most ecologically important groups of plants on earth, he will tell us something about their biology, ecology, and the basis for making such a bold claim about their importance.  They also happen to be among the most beautiful plants on earth, which he will also prove to us through some photographs.

Jonathan Shaw is currently Professor of Biology at Duke University, where he has been teaching for 21 years.  Before that he taught at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York.  He did his Bachelors degree at Cornell University, his Masters at the University of Alberta, and his Doctorate at the University of Michigan.  He has worked on a variety of research projects over the years, all centered on moss ecology and evolution.  His current research is focused on peatmosses, taking him to a lot of interesting and beautiful places to collect these plants.

Please join us Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923).  All are welcome, though of course we hope you’ll be inspired to join the NCNPS and support efforts to plant more natives and wildlife habitat!

Members often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for the annual fundraiser that is part of our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Conference in July.

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