As a botanist / bryologist by training (PhD) I have a long-term engagement in bryophyte conservation. At present I am employed as Senior scientist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) ...
IUCN SSC Bryophyte Specialist Group
Overview and description
Bryophytes are small, inconspicuous plants of hidden but amazing beauty and with unique life-history traits that differ from all other terrestrial plants on earth. Evolving from aquatic ancestors they ...Bryophytes are small, inconspicuous plants of hidden but amazing beauty and with unique life-history traits that differ from all other terrestrial plants on earth. Evolving from aquatic ancestors they share with vascular plants, bryophytes conquered life on land and radiated into a diverse group of around 20,000 species worldwide. Despite this highly successful performance, in an evolutionary perspective, and being exposed to similar risks for extinction caused by the human impact as iconic mammals, birds and orchids, they hardly ever receive the attention they deserve, neither for their appeal nor for their survival. The IUCN SSC Bryophyte Specialist Group is a global network of experts dedicated to the science and measures required to ensure the long-term survival of bryophytes.
Dr Jacques VAN ROOY
Dr Irene BISANG
As a botanist / bryologist by training (PhD) I have a long-term engagement in bryophyte conservation. At present I am employed as Senior scientist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), department of Botany. Previously, I held different positions both as a researcher and as a research manager,. Since my Master thesis, I have actively conducted research, although the time devoted to it varied over the years. My research is organism- and collection based and focuses on bryophytelife history traits and changes in bryophyte diversity and their drivers. I have established, and maintain, an extensive network among scientists, conservationists, funding agencies and research and collection organisations. During my career, I have also worked and work with many aspects of natural history collections, both practically and at the management and strategic level.
More about the Specialist Group
The BSG promotes the exploration of bryological diversity across all geographic scales. It provides the scientific knowledge to assess the extinction risk and conservation status of bryophytes, and actively contributes to conservation actions around the world. It reaches out to decision-makers and the general public on bryophyte diversity- and bryophyte conservation-related issues.
Specialist Group work
The work of BSG focuses on assessing extinction risks of bryophytes at the global and regional levels. Bryophytes are a specious group of land plants whose diversity is in many parts of the world insufficiently known which results in few species for which their extinction risk has been assessed.
Revisions of outdated global assessment, member-based selection of species for assessment.
BSG on the IUCN Red List
To inform conservation efforts, BSG assesses species for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Drepanocladus lycopodioides. Credit: IUCN SSC Bryophyte Specialist Group (BSG)
Riccia Breidleri. Credit: A. Bergamini
Mannia Androgyna. Credit: A. Bergamini