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Home > Bryophytes Workshop

Information for participants


Dr. David Wagner, Chief Scientist of the Northwest Botanical Institute


Room 246
Hitchcock Hall,
University of Washington Campus
Campus Map (type Hitchcock Hall in search): http://www.washington.edu/maps/


There are many parking options.

Free Parking:
We recommend free parking if you do not mind a 15-20 minute walk. You can find parking along NE Northlake Way (west of Ivars). It is then just a short walk east along NE Northlake Way to NE Pacific and Hitchcock Hall (corner NE Pacific and 15th Ave. NE)

Pay Parking:
The Daily parking fee is $15.00/day between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The night parking rate begins at 5 p.m. and is $5.00/night.

On campus garage parking options:
Triangle Parking Garage: entrance off NE Pacific Place (near NE Pacific St.)
Central Plaza Parking: entrance off 15th Ave NE (near NE 41st)
Portage Bay Parking: 15th Ave NE and NE Pacific

E1 Parking North of Husky Stadium will be even less expensive and you can access the Burke Gilman Trail to walk or bicycle to Hitchcock Hall.

For more parking information and maps: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/commuterservices/parking

Itinerary in brief

Wednesday, September 19
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 20
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, September 21
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tools and supplies

  1. You should have two pairs of fine pointed forceps. If you need to get some ahead of time, a good source is BioQuip (I recommend their 4523 or 4524.)

  2. 10X hand lens required (a good quality one is nice; I use a Bausch & Lomb with Hastings triplet lenses). We use this in lab and field. A 20X is also useful as a second lens; it takes much light and practice to use well and should be a backup to your 10X lens.

  3. A dissecting microscope and compound microscope set is needed in your home lab but you do not need to bring them. Practice using them as much as possible before coming to class. We will have good instruments available for use in the classroom. I will give a lesson on how to calibrate the ocular micrometer in your microscope and how to optimize lighting for microscopy.

  4. Bring at least 50 paper specimen packets to start; more than 50 will be needed by the end of the workshop. These are for your personal reference set. You will use them to hold material I distribute in class and that which you will gather on the field trip. Ordinary copy or recycled/reusable paper is fine for this class; I will demonstrate how to make archival packets suitable for institutional herbarium use. If you are not familiar with folding cryptogam packets, my instructions can be downloaded from my Dropbox site.

  5. Writing paper, pens and pencils

  6. Drawing paper or unlined paper notebooks for drawings


The first two references are "primary textbooks," required for this workshop. I advise getting them early and studying them, remembering to bring them to the workshop. Each book costs $15, which includes shipping.

Send check payable to "California Botanical Society":

California Botanical Society
Jepson Herbarium
1001 VSLB #2465
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2465

Order forms for these books can be downloaded from their web site. Note the Bryoflora of California I: is a specimen catalogue and not necessary for this class, we use Contributions to a Bryoflora of California: II (mosses) and III (liverworts).

The following book is enormously useful because of the fabulous photographs. I consider it a required textbook, essential for both beginners and advanced bryologists.

To order, visit the CNPS store.

I will distribute a copy of my HTML Guide to Oregon liverworts, included in the workshop fee. This is a work in progress; each participant will receive a personal copy on CD at the workshop. The HTML Guide to hornworts of Oregon will be on the same CD.

Other useful books:


If you have any other questions about the itinerary, need campus directions, or have other concerns please contact David Giblin, dgiblin@uw.edu.

Introduction to Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts is sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society and the University of Washington Herbarium.