What's been happening since 2000?
To attempt a reasonable account of all the work on Australian bryophytes from the 1950s onward would be a daunting, space-demanding task. So, let's look at just a short period of time.
This case study will give you some idea of the variety of recent work undertaken by Australian and overseas researchers in relation to Australian bryophytes. The case study does so by listing a selection of publications that are relevant to Australian bryology. This is merely a sample and not a complete list of publications. Moreover, a statistician would call this a very biased sample. My aim was to give you some examples and for that purpose a fairly short list would suffice. In order to simplify the selection process here are the rules I used:
Some of the biases in such a selection process are highly obvious. You can get no idea of the numbers of people engaged in any particular area of research. People who either died or became inactive before 2000 don't feature, regardless of how great a contribution they made before then. With the limitation of one publication per author you can get no idea of any particular person's range of interests.
The third of my rules has meant that I haven't necessarily chosen a particular author's most significant work. If there were several to choose from I'd generally go for the one with the title that differed most from the others on the putative list.
There are also brief comments about those authors. I am familiar with some of them, for others I have copied information from various institutional websites. These comments simply tell you where the people are based and give brief descriptions of their areas of interest – insofar as they relate to Australian bryophytes. Their activities on solely non-Australian aspects are ignored.
So, the list is a very biased snapshot from just a few years but...
It shows work on a range of topics by a variety of authors from a number of Australian and overseas institutions who have brought a range of skills or interests to the study of Australian bryophytes. The past few decades has seen a similar types of research, though not necessarily on exactly the same subjects, by Australian and overseas researchers.
Here is the list
Brown, EA & Pócs, T. (2001). A new species of Radula sect. Cavifolium (Radulaceae: Hepaticae) from Queensland, Australia. Telopea, 9, 435-438.
Cargill, DC; Renzaglia, KS; Villarreal, JC & Duff, RJ. (2005). Generic concepts within hornworts: historical review, contemporary insights and future directions. Australian Systematic Botany, 18, 7-16.
Downing, AJ & Oldfield, R. (2000). Rainforest bryophytes in karst landforms of south-eastern South Australia. Hikobia, 13, 225-233.
Eldridge, DJ; Semple, WS & Koen, TB. (2000). Dynamics of cryptogam soil crusts in a derived grassland in south-eastern Australia. Austral Ecology, 25, 232-240.
Engel, JJ & Smith Merrill, GL. (2004), Austral Hepaticae. 35. A taxonomic and phylogenetic study of Telaranea (Lepidoziaceae), with a monograph of the genus in temperate Australasia and commentary on Extra-Australasian taxa, Fieldiana, Bot., n.s. 44, 1–265.
Fife , AJ & Dalton, PJ. (2005). A reconsideration of Pleurophascum (Musci: Pleurophascaceae) and specific status for a New Zealand endemic, Pleurophascum ovalifolium stat. et nom. nov. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 43, 871-884.
Franks, AJ. (2000). Biogeographical distribution of corticolous bryophytes in microphyll fern forests of south-east Queensland. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 109, 49-57.
Greven, H. (2000). Synopsis of Grimmia Hedw. in Australia. Journal of Bryology, 22, 217-222.
Hedenäs, L. (2002). An overview of the family Brachytheciaceae (Bryophyta) in Australia. Journal of the Hattori Laboratory, 92, 51-90.
Klazenga, N. (2005). Generic concepts in Australian mosses. Australian Systematic Botany , 18, 17-23.
Konrat, M von & Braggins, JE. (2001). Notes on five Frullania species from Australia, including typifications, synonyms and new localities. Journal of the Hattori Laboratory, 91, 229-263.
Kremer, CL; Pettolino, F; Bacic, A & Drinnan, AN. (2004). Distribution of cell wall components in Sphagnum hyaline cells and in liverwort and hornwort elaters. Planta, 219, 1023-1035.
Meagher, DA. (2005). Bazzania sauropoda D. Meagher (Marchantiophyta: Lepidoziaceae), a new species from tropical Queensland. Austrobaileya, 7, 129-133.
Milne, J. (2001). Reproductive biology of three Australian species of Dicranoloma (Bryopsida, Dicranaceae): Sexual reproduction and phenology. The Bryologist, 104, 440-452.
Morgan, JW. (2006). Bryophyte mats inhibit germination of non-native species in burnt temperate native grassland remnants. Biological Invasions. 8, 159-168.
Pharo, EJ & Blanks, PAM. (2000). Managing a neglected component of biodiversity: a study of bryophyte diversity in production forests of Tasmania's northeast. Australian Forestry, 63, 128-138.
Ramsay, HP & Cairns, A. (2004). Habitat, distribution and the phytogeographical affinities of mosses in the Wet Tropics bioregion, north-east Queensland, Australia. Cunninghamiana, 8, 371-408.
Seppelt, RD. (2004). The Moss Flora of Macquarie Island. Australian Antarctic Division, Kingston, Tasmania.
So, ML. (2002). Metzgeria (Hepaticae) in Australasia and the Pacific. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 40, 603-627.
Streimann, H. (2002). Taxonomic studies on Australian Hookeriaceae (Musci). 4. Summary and bryogeographic notes. Journal of the Hattori Laboratory, 90, 211-220.