As Director of the Herbarium, I am responsible for overseeing the Garden's nearly
seven million herbarium collections of algae, bryophytes, fungi, lichens and vascular
plants. The New York Botanical Garden herbarium is the largest in the western
hemisphere, and among the five largest in the world. It is probably the
world's most actively used herbarium in the number of specimens sent on loan each
year, and the number of visitors to the herbarium. I have been particularly
interested in the adoption of computer technology to manage the herbarium and
to increase access to its holdings by the scientific community. I began
this endeavor by programming the Gardenís first computerized collection management
system, the Herbarium Manager application for keeping track of transactions, and
gradually have moved into a more advisory role. Now I supervise a team of
four Herbarium Information Managers who work in conjunction with the Gardenís
Computer Services Department to manage the Gardenís Virtual Herbarium. The
Virtual Herbarium is the umbrella under which all the Gardenís electronic collection
management activites, current and future, are gathered.
The subject of my research is the Hepaticae. In particular, I
am interested in the systematics and morphology of the largest family of
Hepaticae, the Lejeuneaceae. This family is primarily tropical in distribution,
and its members can be found growing, often profusely, on the bark and
sometimes on living leaves of trees in tropical rainforests. My studies
of these small but beautiful plants have taken me to Australia, Colombia,
Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Papua New Guinea,
Puerto Rico and Venezuela. I am currently completing a treatment
of the approximately 125 species of Lejeuneaceae that occur in Australia
for the Flora of Australia project.
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- Director, William and Lynda Steere Herbarium
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts (1982).
Post-doctoral Museum Intern (1981-1982) The New York Botanical Garden;
Manager, Cryptogamic Herbarium (1982-1986); Administrative Curator (1986-1998);
Senior Administrative Curator (1998-1999); Associate Director of the Herbarium
(1999-200); Director of the Herbarium (2000-present).
Associate Editor, Brittonia (1982-1994); Managing Editor (1992-1994).
Associate Editor, The Bryologist (1987-1996).
Editorial board member, Flora of North America project (1991-present);
Lead Editor, Bryophyte Flora of North America print volumes (1995-1999);
Web Editor, Bryophyte Flora of North America on-line (1999-2001).
- Thiers, B.M. 1984. Branch characters significant to subfamilial classification
of Lejeuneaceae (Hepaticae). Syst. Bot. 9:33-41.
- Thiers, B.M. 1988. Morphological adaptations of the Jungermanniales (Hepaticae)
to the tropical rainforest habitat. J. Hattori Bot. Lab. 65:5-14.
- Thiers, B.M. and S.R. Gradstein. 1989. Lejeuneaceae (Hepaticae) of Australia.
I. Subfamily Ptychanthoideae of Australia. Mem. New York Bot. Gard.
- Thiers, B.M. 1992. A reevaluation of Cheilolejeunea subgenus Xenolejeunea.
Tropical Bryology 5:11-21.
- Thiers, B.M. 1994. A monograph of Pleurozia (Hepaticae, Pleuroziaceae).