I have always been interested in plants and even had a favourite moss patch in an alley near my childhood home. Moving to Otago, New Zeland to study I spent my free time at Woodhaugh Gardens hunting for whatever plants I could find. I was gifted a hand lens and suddenly became a terrible person to walk with due to the distractions of bryophytes on garden walls, footpaths and trees. After finding a lichen distorted with several lichenicolous fungi I was put in contact with John Steel who runs non-vascular labs twice a week. I’ve been going ever since. An interest in taxonomy arose after spending many hours investigating Canalohypopterygium tamariscinum and through my work curating the bryophytes at the Otago Herbarium. I’m focusing on the Lejeuneaceae with intentions to do post-graduate studies in liverwort taxonomy.