Cryptogamic Plants and Fungi

Studying algal, bryophyte and fungal diversity

The Team

Dr Christopher Ellis, Head of Cryptogamic Plants and Fungi Section

I am an ecologist and lichenologist with a particular interest in woodland epiphytes. I use my research to understand how habitat management can offset negative impacts of global change.

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Dr Neil Bell, Bryologist

I am a bryologist specialising in phylogenetics, taxonomy and architectural evolution. Much of my research is focussed on quantifying, understanding and promoting the diversity of Scotland's globally important bryophyte flora.

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Dr David Chamberlain, Research Associate Bryology

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Dr Brian Coppins, Research Associate Lichenology

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Dr David Genney, Research Associate Cryptogam Conservation

I work within a team of species specialists as a Policy and Advice Officer for Scottish Natural Heritage. I am national advisor on all Scottish bryophytes and fungi/lichens. To deliver this remit, I draw on research skills developed through my PhD and five years of post-doctoral research on mycorrhizal function and ecology.

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Dr Katy Hayden, Plant Health Officer

I am an evolutionary ecologist and the Quarantine and Plant Health Officer for RBGE. I research rapid evolutionary change in plant-pathogen interactions, such as when pathogens are introduced to new lands and new hosts, and how to use this knowledge to protect plants and livelihoods.

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Dr Stephan Helfer, Research Associate Mycology

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Mr Neville Kilkenny, Research Associate Mycology

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Dr Vladimir Krivtsov, Research Associate Ecosystem Services

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Dr Elizabeth Kungu, Research Associate Bryology

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Dr David Long, Research Associate Bryology

I am a taxonomist with expertise in bryophytes, and in the vascular plant flora of the Sino-Himalayan region.

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Dr Joanne Taylor, Research Associate Mycology

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Dr Juan Carlos Villarreal, Research Associate Bryology

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Professor Christopher Walker, Research Associate Mycology

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Professor Roy Watling, Honorary Associate Mycology

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Dr Rebecca Yahr, Lichenologist

I am a botanist and mycologist, with an evolutionary perspective on diversity in lichens. Because I believe that people and the planet will all benefit from a better understanding of one another, I am also passionate about enthusing people at all levels about lichens.

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