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The mission of the International Association of Bryologists (IAB), as a society, is to strengthen bryology by encouraging interactions among all persons interested in byophytes.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Conservation and Endangered Species Grant competition

The Council of the International Association of Bryologists wishes to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the following award:
Conservation and Endangered Species Grant.
Deadline: May 15th, 2016.

Eligibility: This granting opportunity is only open to IAB members. (If you are not a member, this is an opportunity to join the International Associations of Bryologists; please contact Matt von Konrat for details.

Proposal details: The proposal must contain: A. description of project; B. its rationale; C, activities; D, budget; E, expected outputs. The proposal should be a maximum of 4 pages (minimum font 12, 1 inch margins, single spaced) and contain a description of and rationale for the project, the objectives and methodology, detailed budget and justification and a prediction of expected outputs. Please note that at the time of the award (not the application) evidence must be presented for any necessary plant collecting permits or equivalent permission from necessary authorities. Detailed information about the grant can be found at:

Details are also provided below.

Review and recommendation process: Proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the conservation committee, which will recommend applications it deems suitable for funding to the IAB Council for final approval. The subcommittee includes: Tomas Hallingbäck, Claudine Ah-Peng, Noris Salazar, Lars Söderström and Benito Tan.

Submission process: Please send proposals to Tomas Hallingbäck

Please direct any question you may have to Tomas.

On behalf of the IAB council

Bernard Goffinet

President of IAB

Conservation and Endangered Species Grants

•      Open only to IAB members (this is an opportunity to update your membership if you have not already done so).

•      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, habitat protection 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 species under study 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 proposed methodology sound and feasible for implementation? 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.

•      A Budget Report and Project Report must be submitted within 2 years to Conservation Committee.

•      If a member of the Conservation Committee wishes to apply, that person must have no involvement in the discussions.


Bernard Goffinet, Ph.D.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 NorthEagleville road
University of Connecticut
Storrs CT

Monday, February 22, 2016

Job posting that is suitable for a bryologist at UBC, Vancouver

UPDATED MARCH 22: Closing date for all applications has been extended to April 4, 2016.

Biodiversity Instructor, Department of Botany

The Department of Botany at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver invites applications for a tenure-track faculty teaching position at the rank of Instructor I. UBC Botany ( is one of the largest and strongest Botany Departments in North America, offering a wide range of research and educational programs. Specializations range from the organismal to the molecular level.

 A PhD in algal, fungal, or bryophyte biology is required, with preference for experience in collections-based research. The candidate is expected to demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.

 The Instructor will teach first year biology, as well as biodiversity teaching, including organismal biology courses (e.g., phycology, mycology, and/or bryology) and participation in collections-based education through the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. As a member of the UBC Professor of Teaching stream, the candidate is expected to demonstrate promise of educational leadership in enhancing biodiversity awareness throughout the Biology curriculum, as well as contributing to the sustainability pathway in Biology. The Instructor is expected to actively participate in departmental activities, service, events, and initiatives. The service component may include curatorial and outreach duties in the UBC Herbarium.

 The successful candidate must possess strong communication, leadership, and collaboration skills in order to build bridges between the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Biology program. Experience in scientific outreach or curriculum development related to biodiversity or organismal biology is desirable.

 The anticipated start date is July 1, 2016. Closing date for all applications has been extended to April 4, 2016.
Applications should include a CV, contact information for references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a teaching philosophy, and a one page statement on the importance of biodiversity teaching. Applications should be directed to Jessica Sui, Botany Faculty HR Manager, (jobs dot  botany  at

 UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.