September 5th Program – Mosses and Liverworts

Insights into Early Land Plants from the Middle Earth: Discover the Stunning Diversity of Mosses and Liverworts from the Deep Southern Hemisphere.

Dr. Matt von Konrat will share his passion of this poorly known group of plants focusing on the remote islands of southern Chile, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific. Matt will also share citizen science activities presenting an opportunity to join over 10,000 other participants unlocking biodiversity discovery.

Matt von Konrat, PhD, Head of Botanical Collections, Gantz Family Collections Center, Field Museum of Natural History. Matt is originally from Aotearoa-New Zealand and relocated to Chicago in 2001 before taking up the role of McCarter Collections Manager of bryophytes and ferns. His field of expertise has focused on the systematics of early land plants (mosses and liverworts). His interests are broad ranging from plant systematics, biogeography, conservation, digitization (databasing and digital imaging), citizen science and education outreach.

Niles Historical & Cultural Center is about a tenth of a mile Southeast from the Golf-Mill Shopping center. The former sheriff’s office has parking behind the building. The meeting room is on the third floor and is accessible by elevator as well as a large staircase. Restrooms are available on first and third floors. A museum volunteer will open the building for us this evening. For public transport from the city, take the Blue Line to the Jefferson Park CTA Station, from there it is 20 minutes on the PACE #270 bus to Milwaukee and Elizabeth. The museum is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

MUSEUM TOUR: Come early for a narrated tour of the museum. The tour will begin at 6:30pm; 1 hour before our IMA meetings on all of the days we have meetings there. So, if you cannot make the tour for the next meeting, maybe you can make it for a later IMA meeting date. No worries, if you get there a little late, we will direct you to where the tour has progressed. The tour is FREE. Niles Historical and Cultural Center is a 501 (C3) non-profit, any small donations are gladly accepted. You will not be disappointed you came a little early to make time for the tour.


Niles Historical Society
8970 Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

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Pamela McCann

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