Although mosses are often overlooked, or if seen, assumed to have little diversity,
they are in fact a large and fascinating group of plants. I am primarily interested
in the phylogeny, systematics and floristics of pleurocarpous mosses, those that
are mat-forming and produce their capsules laterally along the stems. Although
I am most interested in familial and ordinal relationships and inclusions, it
is impossible to understand higher categories without first knowing species. To
gain this basic knowledge I am involved in floristic studies of the West Indies
and Paraguay. In order to see living mosses in the field, and therefore better
understand their relationships, I have travelled extensively in the neotropics,
from Cuba and Puerto Rico through Ecuador and Venezuela south to Paraguay and
southernmost Brazil. For similar purposes I have collected in southern Africa,
China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. To date my floristic work in the
West Indies, with the final goal of producing a moss flora of the region, has
taken me to all of the islands of the Greater Antilles. I anticipate field work
in the Lesser Antilles in the upcoming years. My flora not only reflects the species
composition of the area but provides a new approach to systematic and geographical
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CURATOR, Institute of Systematic Botany.
Ph.D. University of Michigan - Ann
The New York Botanical Garden; Associate Curator of Bryophytes (1979-1986);
Curator of Bryophytes (1986- ).
Editor, Contributions from the New York Botanical Garden (1982-
Editor, Evansia (1984-89);
Associate Editor, Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden (1981-1986),
Editor (1986- );
Associate Editor, North American Flora (1981-1986), Editor (1986-
Compiler, Index to American Botanical Literature (1981-1987).
Memberships in American Bryological and Lichenological Society, American
Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, British Bryological
Society, Bryological Society of Japan, Council of Botanical and Horticultural
Libraries, International Association of Bryologists, International Association
of Plant Taxonomists, Nordic Bryological Society, Sigma Xi, Sociedad Latinoamericana
de Briología, and Torrey Botanical Club.
- Buck, W.R. 1980. "A generic revision of the Entodontaceae." Journal
of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory 48:71-159.
- Buck, W.R. and D.H. Vitt. 1986. "Suggestions for a new familial classification
of pleurocarpous mosses." Taxon 35:21-60.
- W.R. and H. Crum. 1990. "An evaluation of familial limits among the genera
traditionally aligned with the Thuidiaceae and Leskeaceae." Contributions
from the University of Michigan Herbarium 17:55-69.
- Buck, W.R. 1990. "Biogeography of the Greater Antillean mosses." Tropical
- Buck, W.R. 1991. "The basis for familial classification of pleurocarpous
mosses." Advances in Bryology 4:169-185.