Curator, Botany

Jennifer Doubt.

Contact Information

Email: jdoubt@mus-nature.ca
Tel: 613.364.4076
Fax: 613.364.4027

Twitter: @FlatPlantsCAN

As Curator of Botany at the museum, Jennifer Doubt keeps tabs on over one million specimens of Canadian wild plants.

Specialties

  • Bryophyte ecology, floristics, taxonomy.
  • Assessment, monitoring, recovery and conservation of rare plant species and plant diversity.
  • Botanical training.
  • Herbarium management.

Education

  • M.Sc., Bryophyte Ecology, University of Alberta, 2001.
  • B.Sc., Botany, University of Guelph, 1995.

Profile

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Spoon-leaved moss (Bryoandersonia illecebra), an endangered species occurring in southern Ontario.

First and foremost, Jennifer Doubt is the Curator of the National Herbarium of Canada here at the Canadian Museum of Nature. That means she works to safeguard and document over one million specimens of Canadian wild plants, and ensures that Canadian and international researchers, educators and enthusiasts can access and learn from the specimens.

Jennifer is an expert on Canadian mosses and their plant relatives. Mosses blanket much of Canada—especially in the Arctic and boreal regions—and make life possible for thousands of animal and plant species by providing essential food and habitat. Jennifer works to document and protect Canada's mosses through her own research and collaborations with commercial, academic and government organizations. Her work produces moss identifications, surveys and educational resources and reports on topics such as rare species' status and recovery, species inventories and survey methods.

Main Research Project

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Ontario endemic Cain's twisted moss (Syntrichia cainii) in situ on an alvar in the Carden Plain.

Professional Services

  • Identification of mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.
  • Technical training in bryophyte identification and field methods.
  • Field surveys and species assessments.

Links

American Bryological and Lichenological Society
https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/jpbennet/web/abls

Bryophyte Flora of North America
http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/BFNA/bfnamenu.htm

Bryophytes du Québec (website available in French only)
http://www.floraquebeca.qc.ca/bryophytes

International Association of Bryologists
http://www.bryology.org

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
http://www.spnhc.org

Publications

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Ontario endemic Cain's twisted moss (Syntrichia cainii).

Robinson, S., Beaudoin, A.B., Froese, D.B., Doubt, J., and Clague, J.J. (2007). Plant Macrofossils Associated with an Early Holocene Beaver Dam in Interior Alaska. Arctic 60(4): 430-438.

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. (2005). Status of Porsild's Bryum (Bryum porsildii) in Alberta. Wildlife Status Report. Alberta, Canada: Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife Division, and Alberta Conservation Association. 

Doubt, J. (2005). National Recovery Strategy for Spoon-leaved Moss (Bryoandersonia illecebra) in Canada. v + 30 pp.

COSEWIC. (2005). COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on Pygmy Pocket Moss Fissidens exilis in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. vi + 18 pp.

COSEWIC. (2003). COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Spoon-leaved Moss Bryoandersonia illecebra in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. vi + 31 pp.

Gerrath, J.M., Covington, L., Doubt, J. and Larson, D.W. (2002). Occurrence of Phi Thickenings is Correlated with Gymnosperm Systematics. Canadian Journal of Botany 80: 852-860.

COSEWIC. (2002). COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on Incurved Grizzled Moss Ptychomitrium incurvum. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. vi + 14 pp.

Doubt, J.C., and Belland, R.J. (2001). Proposed Monitoring Protocols for Indicators of Non-Vascular Plant Diversity in Alberta's Forested Zones. Alberta Forest Biodiversity Monitoring Program Report. Alberta Research Council, Edmonton, Canada.

Larson, D.W., Doubt, J.C., and Matthes-Sears, U. (1994). Radially Sectored Hydraulic Pathways in the Xylem of Thuja occidentalis as Revealed by the Use of Dyes. International Journal of Plant Sciences 155: 569-582.