Duke Bryology Laboratory, Blanka Shaw
Blanka Shaw  


Blanka Shaw (Buryova)

Herbarium Data Manager, blanka(at)duke.edu


Ph.D. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 2004


Born in the Czech Republic, studying eight years in Botany Department of Charles University, Prague, and working eight years as bryologist in the Institute of Botany ASCR in Pruhonice near Prague. I came to Durham, NC, in 2004. Since October 2004, I am working as data manager in Duke Cryptogamic Herbarium, where I maintain data bases of bryophytes, lichens, fungi and algae, and oversee a databasing project of US bryophytes. I am participating on 'Sphagnum of Alaska' project sponsored by National Geographic Society, and on Liverwort Tree of Life project. Recently I've been collaborating with Matt von Konrat (Field Museum Chicago) on liverwort floristic and systematic research projects. I have extensive field experience in temperate and boreal regions of Europe and North America, with focus mainly on mosses and liverworts.


I am interested in bryophyte diversity of montane, alpine and wetland ecosystems. My research in systematics of bryophytes focuses on moss genera Sphagnum and Philonotis, and liverwort genus Frullania.

Publications in English:

Shaw A.J., G.K. Golinski, E. G. Clark, B. Shaw, H. K. Stenoen & K.I. Flatberg. 2014. Intercontinental genetic structure in the amphi-Pacific peatmoss Sphagnum miyabeanum (Bryophyta: Sphagnaceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111: 17-37.

Shaw AJ, B. Shaw, M.J. Johnson, M. Higuchi,  T. Arikawa, T. Ueno & N. Devos. 2013. Origins, genetic structure, and systematics of the narrow endemic peatmosses (Sphagnum): S. guwassanense and S. triseriporum (Sphagnaceae). American Journal of Botany 100: 1202–1220.

Shaw A.J., B. Shaw, M. Higuchi, T. Arikawa, Y. Hirayama, N. Devos. 2012. Climacium (Climaciaceae): species relationships and biogeographic implications. Bryologist 115(1): 23-30.

Heinrichs J, A. Bombosch, K. Feldberg, H.P. Kreier, J. Hentschel, J. Eckstein, D. Long, R.L. Zhu, A. Schafer-Verwimp, A. R. Schmidt, B. Shaw, A.J. Shaw, J. Vana. 2012. A phylogeny of the northern temperate leafy liverwort genus Scapania (Scapaniaceae, Jungermanniales). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution: 62(3): 973-985.

Damayanti L., J. Munoz, S. Wicke, L. Symmank, B. Shaw, J.-P. Frahm & D. Quandt. 2012. Common but new: Bartramia rosamrosiae, a "new" widespread species of apple mosses (Bartramiales, Bryophytina) from the Mediterranean and western North America. Phytotaxa 73: 37–59.

Johnson M.G., B. Shaw, P. Zhou, and A.J. Shaw. 2012. Genetic analysis of the peatmoss Sphagnum cribrosum (Sphagnaceae) indicates independent origins of an extreme infra-specific morphology shift. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 106: 137-153.

Shaw A.J., Ricca M. & Shaw B. 2012. A phylogenetic monograph of the Sphagnum subsecundum complex (Sphagnaceae) in eastern North America. Bryologist 115: 128-152.

Shaw A.J., Flatberg, K.I., Szövényi, P., Ricca,M., Johnson, M.G., Stenøien, H.K. & Shaw, B. 2012. Systematics of the Sphagnum fimbriatum complex: phylogenetic relationships, morphological variation, and allopolyploidy. Systematic Botany 37: 15-30.

Wickett NJ, Forrest LL, Budke JM, Shaw B, Goffinet, B. 2011. Frequent pseudogenization and loss of the plastid-encoded sulfate-transport gene cysA throughout the evolution of liverworts. American Journal of Botany 98(8): 1263-1275.

Fuselier LC, Shaw B, Engel JJ, von Konrat M, Costa DP, Devos N, Shaw AJ. 2011. The status and phylogeography of the liverwort genus Apometzgeria Kuwah. (Metzgeriaceae). Bryologist 114(1): 92-101.

Heinrichs J., Kreier H.-P., Feldberg K., Schmidt A.R., Zhu R.-L., Shaw B., Shaw A.J.& Wissemann V. 2011. Formalizing morphologically cryptic biological entities: New insights from DNA taxonomy, hybridization, and biogeography in the leafy liverwort Porella platyphylla (Jungermanniopsida, Porellales). American Journal of Botany 98(8): 1252-1262.

Cooper ED, Shaw AJ, Shaw B, Henwood MJ, Heslewood MM, Brown EA. 2011. A multi-locus molecular phylogeny of the Lepidoziaceae: Laying the foundations for a stable classification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution: 59(2): 489-509.

Fuselier, L., B. Shaw, J. J. Engel, M. von Konrat, D. P. da Costa, N. Devos & A. J. Shaw. 2011. The status and phylogeography of the liverwort genus Apometzgeria Kuwah. (Metzgeriaceae). Bryologist 114(1): 92–101.

Shaw, A. J., P. Szovényi & B. Shaw. 2011. Bryophyte diversity and evolution: windows into the early evolution of land plants. American Journal of Botany 98(3): 352–369.

Stenøien, H. K., A. J. Shaw, B. Shaw, K. Hassel & U. Gunnarsson. 2011. North American origin and recent European establishments of the amphi-Atlantic peat moss Sphagnum angermanicum. Evolution 65(4): 1181–1194.

Shaw A.J., Szovenyi P. & Shaw B. 2011. Bryophyte diversity and evolution: Window into the early evolution of land plants. American Journal of Botany 98(3): 1-18.

Ramaiya M., Johnson M.G., Shaw B., Heinrichs J., Hentschel J., von Konrat M., Davison P.G., Shaw A.J. 2010. Morphologically cryptic biological species within the liverwort Frullania asagrayana. American Journal of Botany 97(10): 1707-1718.

Heinrichs J., Hentschel J., Bombosch A., Fiebig A., Reise J., Edelmann M., Kreier H.P., Schafer-Verwimp A., Caspari S., Schmidt A.R., Zhu R.L., von Konrat M., Shaw B. & Shaw A.J. 2010. One species or at least eight? Delimitation and distribution of Frullania tamarisci (L.) Dumort. s. l. (Jungermanniopsida, Porellales) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast DNA markers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56(3): 1105-1114.

Shaw A.J., Devos N., Cox C.J., Boles S.B., Shaw B., Buchanan A.M., Cave L., Seppelt R. 2010. Peatmoss (Sphagnum) diversification associated with Miocene Northern Hemisphere climatic cooling? Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55(3): 1139-1145.

Shaw A.J., Cox C.J., Buck W.R., Devos N., Buchanan A.M., Cave L., Seppelt R., Shaw B., Larraín J., Andrus R., Greilhuber J. & Temsch E.M. 2010. Newly resolved relationships in an early land plant lineage: Bryophyta class Sphagnopsida (peat mosses). American Journal of Botany 97: 1511-1531.

Fuselier L., Davison P.G., Clements M., Shaw B., Devos N., Heinrichs J., Hentschel J., Sabovljevic M., Szovenyi P., Schuette S., Hofbauer W., Shaw A.J. 2009. Phylogeographic analyses reveal distinct lineages of the liverworts Metzgeria furcata (L.) Dumort. and Metzgeria conjugata Lindb. (Metzgeriaceae) in Europe and North America. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 98(4): 745-756.

Kucera J., Zmrhalova M., Shaw B., Kosnar J., Plasek V., Vana J. 2009: Bryoflora of selected localities of the Hrubý Jeseník Mts summit regions. Casopis Slezského Muzea, serie A, 58: 115-167.

Hájek M., Hájková P., Apostolova I., Horsák M., Plášek V., Shaw B. & Lazarova M. 2009. Disjunct occurrences of plant species in the refugial mires of Bulgaria. Folia Geobotanica 44: 365–386.

Anderson L.E., Shaw A.J. & Shaw B. 2009. Peatmosses (Sphagnum) of the Southeastern United States. New York Botanical Garden Press.

Shaw B, Terracciano S. & Shaw A.J. 2009. A Genetic Analysis of Two New Peat Moss Species, Sphagnum atlanticum and S. bergianum (Sphagnaceae). Systematic Botany 34(1): 6-12.

Shaw A.J., Andrus R. & Shaw B. 2008. Sphagnum beringiense sp. nov. (bryophyta) from Arctic Alaska, Based on Morphological and Molecular Data. Systematic Botany 33(3): 469- 477.

Shaw A.J., Boles S. & Shaw B. 2008. A phylogenetic delimitation of the "Sphagnum subsecundum" complex (Sphagnaceae, Bryophyta). American Journal of Botany 95(6): 731-744.

Shaw, A. J. T. Cao, L-S. Wang, K. I. Flatberg, B. Flatberg, B. Shaw, S. B. Boles, P. Zhou, & S. Terracciano. 2008. Genetic variation in three Chinese peat mosses (Sphagnum) based on microsatellite markers, with primer information and analysis of ascertainment bias. Bryologist 111(2): 271-281.

Hajkova P., Shaw B., Hajek M., Hinterlang D. & Plasek V. 2007. The role of base saturation and altitude in habitat differentiation within Philonotis in springs and mires of three different European regions. Bryologist 110(4): 776-787.

Buryova B. & Hradilek Z. (2006). Clonal structure, habitat age, and conservation value of the moss Philonotis marchica in Kotouc quarry (Czech Republic). Cryptogamie Bryologie, 27(3): 375-382.

Buryova B. & Shaw A.J. (2005). Phenotypic plasticity in Philonotis fontana (Bryopsida: Bartramiaceae). Journal of Bryology 27:12-23.

Buryova B. (2004): Genetic variation in two closely related species of Philonotis based on isozymes. Bryologist 107: 316-327.

Kucera J., Zmrhalova M., Buryova B., Kosnar J., Plasek V., Vana J. (2004): Bryoflora of the glacial cirques of the Western Krkonose Mts. Casopis Slezského Muzea, serie A, 53: 1-47.

Kucera J., Zmrhalova M., Buryova B., Kosnar J., Plasek V., Vana J. (2004): Bryoflora of the Upska jama cirque and adjacent localities of the Eastern Krkonoše Mts. – Casopis Slezského Muzea, serie A, 53: 143-173.

Sukova M., Scheuer Ch. et Buryova B. (2003): New records and ecology of Naeviopsis carneola in Central Europe with notes on other fungi growing on Juncus filiformis. Czech Mycology 55: 223-239.

Kucera J., Hradilek Z., Buryova B. et Hajek P. (2003): Hypnum sauteri and Lescuraea patens, two additions to the moss flora of the Czech Republic. Preslia 75: 255-262.

Kucera J. & Buryova B. (2001): Bryofloristic survey of the summit region of the Eastern Krkonose Mts. (Czech Republic). Opera Corcontica 36, 1999, 105-132.

Buryova B. et Kucera J. (1999): Two interesting bryofloristic records from the Krkonose Mts - Racomitrium macounii subsp. alpinum and Grimmia reflexidens. Preslia 71: 21-26.

Last updated: Sep 7, 2012

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