Awards & Grants

The International Association of Bryologists recognizes important contributions to bryology through several awards, namely

and furthermore supports research projects through two grant competitions, namely

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Hedwig Medal

  • Award to person who has made outstanding contributions to bryology, given at the IAB meeting held in conjunction with each International Botanical Congress (once every six years).
  • Award can only be received once.
  • Selection Committee chaired by the IAB President who is in office for the two years before the presentation. with three members appointed by the IAB Council at each Botanical Congress.
  • Award consist of silver medal.

Recipients:

  • Yoshinori Asakawa and Geneva Sayre 1983
  • Bill Steere 1987
  • Riclef Grolle 1999
  • Lewis Anderson 2005
  • Támas Pócs 2011
  • Rob Gradstein 2013
  • Rod Seppelt 2017. Dr. Seppelt is recognized for 40 years of outstanding contributions to our knowledge of the bryophyte flora of Australia, Antarctica, subantarctic islands, New Zealand, as well as Arctic regions but also, among others, to bryophyte ecophysiology, biogeography, biochemistry, and paleo-biodiversity. His remarkable accomplishments are shared through numerous publications and rest in part on 35,000 collections of bryophytes, lichens, fungi and algae that are now housed in the Tasmanian Herbarium in Hobart (HO). He also demonstrated continuous support to bryologists and relentless advocacy of bryology.
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Richard Spruce Award

  • Award to recognize one IAB member who has made important contributions to bryology, within the first 25 years of their career (dated from their first bryological publication).
  • Award can only be received once.
  • Given at every IAB meeting not held in conjunction with The International Botanical Congress (two of the three meetings every six years).
  • Selection Committee chaired by Vice President Number 1, with two members appointed by the IAB Council at each IAB meeting not associated with the International Botanical Congress.
  • Award consists of plaque and invitation to present opening address at next IAB meeting.

Recipients:

  • Jan-Peter Frahm 1995
  • Timo Koponen 1997
  • William R. Buck 2002
  • Benito C. Tan 2004
  • Jeffrey G. Duckett 2007
  • Jonathan Shaw 2009
  • Karen Renzaglia 2011
  • Bernard Goffinet 2013
  • Lars Hedenäs, 2015. Lars Hedenäs, senior curator at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, is one of the world’s leading muscologists. His scientific publications (> 100) span a period of about 25 years and are truly outstanding. Lars is a specialist of pleurocarpous mosses and has published on numerous different aspects of this group, including classical taxonomy and nomenclature, molecular phylogeny, population genetics, reproductive biology, morphological adaptation, biogeography and ecology. Probably the most impressive aspects of his research are the broad and innovative approach to the study of bryophytes. His work, often done in cooperation with others worldwide, stands as a model for the younger generation how to do bryological research. Among favourite papers of him, it will be necessary to mention his excellent monograph of Amblystegiaceae in Flora Neotropica and his recent paper in Taxon (in collaboration with a large team of bryologists) on Homalothecium sericeum: “Three species for the price of one within the moss Homalothecium sericeum” (Taxon 63: 249-257. 2014). The latter paper impressively demonstrates how to study of the so-called “cryptic species” that are increasingly being reported in bryophytes, by using detailed morphological and genetic analyses. These are just two examples; many more titles could be added. Congratulations to Lars Hedenäs for his splendid and major contributions to bryology in the first 25 years of his career. In the IAB he has been very active as a council member, an editor of The Bryological Times and a member of the bryophyte conservation group. It could be hardly think of a candidate more suitable for the Spruce award than Lars!
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Hattori Prize

  • Best paper or series of papers published within the previous two years in a journal or book by a member of IAB.
  • Given every two years at the IAB meetings.
  • Selection Committee chaired by Vice President Number 2, with three members appointed by the IAB Council at each IAB meeting.
  • Award consists of ($400 CDN cash)

Recipients:

  • Hélène Bischler 1995
  • Steven P. Churchill & Edgar Linares 1997
  • William R. Buck 1999
  • Jean Paton 2002
  • Hans Kruijer 2004
  • Jonathan Shaw 2005
  • Bill & Nancy Malcolm 2007
  • Neil E. Bell, Dietmar Quandt, Terry J. O’Brien, & Angela E. Newton 2009
  • Ryszard Ochyra, Ronald Lewis-Smith, and Halina Bednarek-Ochyra (2009–2011)
  • Janice Glime for Bryophyte Ecology ebook (2011–2013)
  • Eberhardt Fischer for Liverworts and Hornworts of Rwanda (ABC Taxa vol. 14. 552 pp. 2013) (2013–2015) The books treats 262 taxa, it has a key to these taxa, color photos of habit and microscopic details of the plants. It is available to the public on the Web, and will be useful not only for Rwanda and surrounding countries but for most African and tropical countries. It is a remarkable effort by one author in a country torn by wars and hence difficult to do scientific work. It is a very meritorious effort and scientific contribution to bryology.
  • Juan Carlos Villarreal (for series of publications between 2015–2017):
    1. Villarreal & Renzaglia. 2015. The hornworts: important advancements in early land plant evolution. Journal of Bryology 37: 157–170.
    2. Villarreal et al. 2015. Biogeography and diversification rates in hornworts: The limitations of diversification modeling. Taxon 64: 229–238.
    3. Villarreal et al. 2016. Divergence times and the evolution of morphological complexity in an early land plant lineage (Marchantiopsida) with a slow molecular rate. New Phytologist 209: 1734–1746.
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Stanley Greene Award

(an amount of money to be determined biennially by the Secretary/Treasurer)

  • Awarded to persons submitting a proposal for research in Bryology.
  • Proposals will be called for in January of the year of biennial IAB meeting by an announcement in The Bryological Times.
  • Given every two years at IAB meetings.
  • Chaired by Secretary-Treasurer, with two members appointed by council.
  • Award amount to be determined biennially by the Secretary/Treasurer

Recipients:

  • Dennis Gignac, Bernard Goffinet, Richard Zander, & Irene Bisang 1999
  • Jessica M. Budke 2009
  • Jorge Enrique Gil Novoa and Chua Mung Seng. 2014. Jorge is a Master’s student in the Biological Sciences at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. Jorge’s project will investigate the bryophyte composition of the páramos of Tota-Bijagual-Mamapacha (Boyacá-Colombia). Páramo-like formations occur on high isolated peaks and ranges and are unique habitats in the Neotropics. Chua Mung Seng is a PhD student at Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen, China. Chua’s interesting research investigates the bryophyte diversity, ecology, and conservation of karst regions between southwestern China and east Malaysia.
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Riclef Grolle Award for Excellence in Bryodiversity Research

(plaque stating relevance of the contribution of recipient)

  • Award to to recognize outstanding contributions in bryodiversity
  • Given at each IAB meeting if someone has been selected
  • Intended for bryologists who work in developing countries and still manage to contribute significantly to the knowledge of bryodiversity in bryophyte-rich areas such as the tropics or smaller regions therein or in bryologically unexplored areas. Recognition should consider such evidence as published work, outside grants and support, and establishment of facilities and collections in areas of need.
  • Evaluation committee should include at least three recognized specialists designated by IAB President with approval of Executive Committee, to be appointed at least one year before each IAB meeting.
  • Award will be given at most every two years at IAB meeting if committee feels any person is worthy of award.
  • Award can be granted only once for each individual.
  • Award consist of plaque stating relevance of the contribution of recipient.
  • Care should be taken to encompass all geographical areas, with emphasis on bryologists working in high diversity regions or where they are working in isolation and still producing good results.
  • In addition to nominations by committee, nominations should be open to all IAB members through Bryological Times or email and must include supporting evidence for nomination.

Recipients:

  • Claudio Delgadillo 2009
  • Noris Salazar Allen 2011
  • Celia Sergio 2013
  • Rui-Liang Zhu 2015. Rui-Liang Zhu, curator at the Biological History Museum (HSNU), and Director of the Department of Plant Sciences, East China Normal University, is one of the world’s leading liverwort experts. His expertise on the morphological evolution, diversity, taxonomy and systematics of liverworts is vast. He is especially recognized as a worldwide authority on the enigmatic leafy liverwort family Lejeuneaceae, which represents the largest liverwort family. During the last two decades he has published over 170 scientific publications, including the beautiful monograph of Lopholejeunea(Spruce) Schiffn. (Lejeuneaceae). Besides his scientific love for bryophytes he is also engaged in securing bryophyte resources in threatened habitats and promotes bryology as president of the Bryological Society of China as well as vice-president of IAB. In addition, he serves the bryological community as associate editor of various scientific journals such as Cryptogamie Bryologie as well as the flagship journal of IAB, Bryophyte Diversity and Evolution.
  • Wagieh El-Saadawi 2017. Dr. El-Saadawii has made significant contributions to our knowledge of the bryophyte flora of the Mediterranean area, in particular of Egypt, Kuwait, UAE, Sudan, Libya, and has continuously promoted bryology in Egypt, by mentoring students and establishing a bryophyte herbarium at Ain Shams University (CAIA).

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Conservation and Endangered Species Grants

  • Open only to IAB members.
  • Amount normally up to $600 US per applicant.
  • Grants may be made at any time provided funds are available.
  • Grants to be announced on IAB website and BT.
  • Priority will be given to projects focusing on rare species, habitats or bryophyte hotspots in high need of conservation actions.
  • The proposal should contain: A. description of project; B. its rationale; C, activities; D, budget; E, expected outputs.
  • The following points should be noted: Is the species, habitat or hotspot vulnerable, threatened or endangered? If not, does this study intend to collect data for identifying the status of a potentially endangered or threatened species, or is the study species used as a model for a threatened or endangered species, and, if so, please specify how the study will help conservation efforts. Is the species (and possible study) included in the IUCN SSC Bryophyte Action Plan (Hallingbäck & Hodgetts 2000)? Has the conservation significance, impact and outcome of the study been clearly identified and stated? Is there any other commentary on the nature of the threat and corrective action? Is the study, education plan, or other action proposed sound in respect to what is known about the species/ habitat/ people? Is there sound methodology in the proposal? Are there experienced project principals? Is there a training content involving local people?
  • Grant applications should be sent to the Chair of the Conservation Committee.
  • Additional information can be seen on the IAB website and Conservation Committee web pages.
  • The Conservation Committee will recommend applications it deems suitable for funding; the IAB Council will make final approval.
  • Budget Report and Project Report must be submitted within 2 years to Conservation Committee. Any resulting publications must be sanctioned by IAB.
  • If a member of the Conservation Committee wishes to apply, that person must have no involvement in the discussions.