Yearly Archives: 2022

Noris Salazar Allen

Part-time scientific staff Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama)Retired Professor, Department of Botany, University of Panama I was borne in a small town (San Francisco) on the outskirts of Panama City. As such there were trees around the house, a large backyard where my grandmother had rabbits, chickens, and turkeys. It was like living in the…

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Elizabeth Lavocat Bernard

My passion for bryology started on quite an unusual path. I was born in a small village in the east of France. As a child, I was already very close to nature; I enjoyed observing the little ferns and mosses on the old walls along the river. After my high school final exam, I worked…

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Laura Briscoe

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and spent a lot of my childhood outdoors, always noticing small things. ?I actually wanted to be an entomologist, and started volunteering in the entomology collections at the Natural History Museum of Utah starting at age 14. I continued to be interested in entomology, and it wasn’t…

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D. Christine Cargill

I was born in the Gippsland country town of Bairnsdale in the state of Victoria, close to my mother’s hometown. Growing up, my siblings and I spent every school holiday on my grandparent’s farm, playing in the garden, helping with the animals, picnicking in the local countryside. I do remember that one of Christmas gift…

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Rossarin Pollawatn

I am a lecturer in the Department of Botany at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. I was born on 8 April 1970 in Trang, a small town located on the western side of the Buntad Mountain in southern Thailand. When I was young, I would look to the mountains and wonder about the life forms…

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Morghan McCool

I was born in Monterey, California but was born into a military family. This lifestyle doomed me to live a sporadic life bouncing between states for 18 years. Regardless of the city or state in which I found myself, the one thing that remained constant was nature. Wherever I went, there was always something new…

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Manju C. Nair

I was born on 1st May 1975 in Peerumadu, a hilly village in the Western Ghats of Idukki district in the south Indian state of Kerala. I am the child of a civil servant and was educated in different schools in different districts. I went to school in Vellikulam, Vagamon of Idukki district, High School…

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Liz Kungu

A life in bryology As an only child born and growing up in post-war north London suburbia anything to do with nature was my sanity and my salvation. My first love from primary school was ornithology, but my interest soon expanded to include botany, as without the plants there would be no habitats for the…

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Julia Askeland

I was born in South Africa and acquired an early appreciation and respect for nature from my family. During the school holidays, I would often stay with my grandma who was a volunteer with South African National Parks. We would go for walks along the mountain, with her chatting away to her friends and observing…

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Jennie Whinam

Professionally, I am more of an ecologist, than a bryologist. I became interested in peatlands when I started my degree at the Australian National University as a mature age student in 1980 under the guidance of the late Prof Geoff Hope, a palynologist and paleoecologist, who first sparked my interest in peatlands. When I moved…

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