While I have a passion for all of nature, my chief enthusiasm is bryophytes. Ever since first looking at a moss during my Botany degree course in about 1980, I have been hooked on these beautiful little plants, and now I am fortunate enough to make much of my living from them. I have been a member of the British Bryological Society since 1984, was the Society's President 2016-17 and one of the scientific editors of the Journal of Bryology. I am also a referee for a number of groups of moss and liverwort. Living on the beautiful Isle of Skye is a gift to a bryologist, and I am currently working on a tetrad flora of the island. I like nothing better than to be in a mossy ravine or on a liverwort-rich crag pottering around to see what I can find!

​Mosses have taken me further afield too, with expeditions to Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and Lesotho, and conferences/field trips to places as diverse as Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Madeira and Mexico.

I have discovered or described a number of species new to science, including Thamnobryum cataractarum in the UK and several liverworts in Africa. I have also found two bryophytes new to the British Isles (Schistidium flexipile and S. maritimum subsp. piliferum) and several new to Ireland.

Tortella densa
Tortella densa

Andreaea frigida
Andreaea frigida

Myurium hochstetteri
Myurium hochstetteri

Tortella densa
Tortella densa

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