Jennifer Doubt from the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa will be speaking via Zoom on April 8 at 7 p.m. Her subject is ‘some ecological roles of mosses, and some wonders of peat.’
Being very small to the human eye, bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) sometimes don’t get the credit they deserve for the many essential ‘ecosystem services’ they provide.
Over the centuries, peat mosses in particular have played a huge, changing role in human lives. From the differences they make as abundant plants in our environment to the unique properties that set them apart from other greenery, this presentation will highlight important reasons to appreciate the mighty moss.
Doubt, originally from Deep River, Ont., has collected and documented mosses and liverworts for over 25 years. Along with the other fun, dedicated staff, students and volunteers who make up the Canadian Museum of Nature Botany team, she cares for a busy, growing archive of over one million preserved plants and lichens, and shares the collection far and wide for research and education.