Ms Jo Wilbraham

Ms Joanna Wilbraham

Senior Curator, Algae

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Division of Diversity and Informatics
Contact: email
Phone: 020 7942 6011
https://www.researchgate.net

Specialisms

Bryophytes (esp. Orthotrichaceae); Seaweeds; Collections Management

Summary

I am responsible for the management and development of the NHM Algal Collections. At approximately 250,000 specimens this is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world and contains specimens from a diverse group of unrelated organisms including the seaweeds, freshwater algae and cyanobacterial collections. My research interests are focused on the taxonomy, biodiversity and conservation of algae and bryophytes.

Qualifications

Degrees

M.Sc., The University of Edinburgh & The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2003 - 2004

B.Sc. (Hons) 2:1, The University of Durham, United Kingdom, 2000 - 2003

Employment history

Academic

Senior Curator, Algae, Natural History Museum, London, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2011 - ongoing

Curator of Algae, Natural History Museum, London, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2011

Bryophyte Digitisation Officer, Natural History Museum, London, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2008

Digitisation Officer, The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2005

Highlighted publications

Wilbraham J (2015) Annotated checklist and keys to the Orthotrichaceae of Malawi, together with new country records for East Africa. Journal of Bryology, 37 (2) : 87 - 95. doi: 10.1179/1743282014Y.0000000133

Wilbraham J, Price MJ (2013) A lectotype for Macromitrium cirrosum (Hedw.) Brid. (Orthotrichaceae). Journal of Bryology, 35 (2) : 119 - 122. doi: 10.1179/1743282013Y.0000000052

Wilbraham J, Matcham HW (2010) Zygodon oeneus Herzog (Bryophyta: Orthotrichaceae) new to Uganda and Africa. JOURNAL OF BRYOLOGY, 32 : 237 - 239.

Wilbraham J, Ellis L (2010) Further taxonomic studies on the families Calymperaceae (Musci) and Orthotrichaceae (Musci) in the bryoflora of Reunion Island, with notes on taxa from other islands in the western Indian Ocean. CRYPTOGAMIE BRYOLOGIE, 31 (1) : 31 - 66.

Wilbraham J (2008) Bryophyte Flora of Uganda. 8. Orthotrichaceae Part 1 – Macromitrioideae. Journal of Bryology, 30 (3) : 201 - 207. doi: 10.1179/174328208X322242

Committees

Member, British Bryological Society - Publications Committee, 2013 - on going.

Member, British Bryological Society - Council, 2013 - on going.

Member, British Phycological Society - Biodiversity & Conservation Committee, 2010 - on going.

Member, British Bryological Society - Council, 2008 - 2011.

Chair, British Bryological Society - Tropical Bryology Group, 2006 - 2010.

Editorships

Editor, Field Bryology (Bulletin of the British Bryological Society), British Bryological Society, 2013 - on going.

Events

Organisation

Organising committee, International Association of Bryologists - London Conference, (Conference), 2013 - 2013.

Publications

Wilbraham J (2015) Annotated checklist and keys to the Orthotrichaceae of Malawi, together with new country records for East Africa. Journal of Bryology, 37 (2) : 87 - 95. doi: 10.1179/1743282014Y.0000000133

Wilbraham J, Pressel S (2015) Macromitrium (Orthotrichaceae) in sub-Saharan Africa. International Association of Bryologists (IAB) Conference, 11 - 11 1 1

Brodie J, Fussey GD, Wilbraham J, Guiry MD (2015) From Sir Joseph Banks to the world’s seaweed colloid industry: the discovery of original material and typification of the marine red alga Gloiopeltis tenax. Journal of Applied Phycology, 27 (4) : 1535 - 1540. doi: 10.1007/s10811-014-0440-1

Wilbraham J, Brodie J (2014) Seaweed Collections Online: Mobilising data from national and regional museums. SPNHC, 24 - 24 6 6

Wilbraham J, Brodie J, Pottas J (2013) Towards a Red List for UK seaweeds. Presented at British Phycological Society Annual Meeting: Belfast.

Brodie J, Wilbraham J (2013) Seaweed survey of the Outer Hebrides, 2012.

Wilbraham J, Price MJ (2013) A lectotype for Macromitrium cirrosum (Hedw.) Brid. (Orthotrichaceae). Journal of Bryology, 35 (2) : 119 - 122. doi: 10.1179/1743282013Y.0000000052

Brodie J, Irvine LM, Pottas J, Wilbraham J (2012) Using herbarium specimens to track the arrival and spread of non-native seaweeds in the UK and Ireland. The Phycologist, 82 : 31 - 32.

Brodie J, Wilbraham J, Pottas J, Irvine LM (2012) Capturing the aliens: Using herbarium specimens to track the arrival and spread of non-native seaweeds. Presented at British Phycological Society Annual Meeting, Newcastle University.

Wilbraham J (2011) Bryophytes of Réunion Island. British Bryological Society Annual Meeting, 10 - 10 9 9Field Bryology 104 : 44 - 53.

Ah-peng C, Bardat J, Ellis LT, Malombe I, Matcham H, Pócs T, Porley R, Seneca A, Söderstrom L, Wilbraham J (2010) Additions to the bryoflora of Réunion Island 3: new and interesting records from the Tropical Bryology Group (British Bryological Society). Journal of Bryology, 32 (4) : 288 - 295. doi: 10.1179/037366810X12814321877624

Wilbraham J, Matcham HW (2010) Zygodon oeneus Herzog (Bryophyta: Orthotrichaceae) new to Uganda and Africa. JOURNAL OF BRYOLOGY, 32 : 237 - 239.

Wilbraham J, Brodie J (2010) Enhancing the herbarium: documenting the marine algal flora of NW Scotland. Presented at British Phycological Society annual meeting, Oban.

Wilbraham J, Ellis L (2010) Further taxonomic studies on the families Calymperaceae (Musci) and Orthotrichaceae (Musci) in the bryoflora of Reunion Island, with notes on taxa from other islands in the western Indian Ocean. CRYPTOGAMIE BRYOLOGIE, 31 (1) : 31 - 66.

Wilbraham J (2009) Bryophytes & Volcanoes: La Réunion Island. Field Bryology, 97 : 24 - 31.

Wilbraham J, Brodie J (2009) Discovering the Algal Herbarium at the Natural History Museum. Presented at British Phycological Society annual meeting: London.

Wilbraham J (2008) New synonymy and typification in African Schlotheimia (Musci: Orthotrichaceae). Journal of Bryology, 30 (3) : 196 - 200. doi: 10.1179/174328208X300679

Wilbraham J (2008) Phases of bryological exploration with the tropical moss genus Macromitrium. British Bryological Society Annual Meeting, Field Bryology 94 :

Ellis L, Wilbraham J (2008) New synonymy in Macromitrium (Musci, Orthotrichaceae) and Syrrhopodon (Musci, Calymperaceae) in the bryoflora of Réunion Island. Cryptogamie, Bryologie, 29 (1) : 23 - 31.

Wilbraham J (2008) Bryophyte Flora of Uganda. 8. Orthotrichaceae Part 1 – Macromitrioideae. Journal of Bryology, 30 (3) : 201 - 207. doi: 10.1179/174328208X322242

Wilbraham J (2007) Mosses and the African Plants Initiative – Digitisation at the Natural History Museum, London. British Bryological Society Annual Meeting, 8 - 8 9 9Field Bryology 91 : 34 - 43.

Wilbraham J (2007) Orthotrichaceae, in Guide to Bryophytes of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wilbraham J (2007) Taxonomic notes on the pantropical genera Macromitrium and Macrocoma (Bryopsida: Orthotrichaceae). Journal of Bryology, 27 (1) : 54 - 59. doi: 10.1179/174328207X164069

Wilbraham J, Long DG (2005) Zygodon Hook. & Taylor and Bryomaltaea Goffinet (Musci, Orthotrichaceae) in the Sino-Himalaya. Journal of Bryology, 27 : 329 - 342.

Introduction

Summary

I am responsible for the management and development of the NHM Algal Collections. At approximately 250,000 specimens this is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world and contains specimens from a diverse group of unrelated organisms including the seaweeds, freshwater algae and cyanobacterial collections. My research interests are focused on the taxonomy, biodiversity and conservation of algae and bryophytes.

Qualifications

Degrees

M.Sc., The University of Edinburgh & The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2003 - 2004

B.Sc. (Hons) 2:1, The University of Durham, United Kingdom, 2000 - 2003

Employment history

Academic

Senior Curator, Algae, Natural History Museum, London, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2011 - ongoing

Curator of Algae, Natural History Museum, London, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2011

Bryophyte Digitisation Officer, Natural History Museum, London, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2008

Digitisation Officer, The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2005

Highlighted publications

Wilbraham J (2015) Annotated checklist and keys to the Orthotrichaceae of Malawi, together with new country records for East Africa. Journal of Bryology, 37 (2) : 87 - 95. doi: 10.1179/1743282014Y.0000000133

Wilbraham J, Price MJ (2013) A lectotype for Macromitrium cirrosum (Hedw.) Brid. (Orthotrichaceae). Journal of Bryology, 35 (2) : 119 - 122. doi: 10.1179/1743282013Y.0000000052

Wilbraham J, Matcham HW (2010) Zygodon oeneus Herzog (Bryophyta: Orthotrichaceae) new to Uganda and Africa. JOURNAL OF BRYOLOGY, 32 : 237 - 239.

Wilbraham J, Ellis L (2010) Further taxonomic studies on the families Calymperaceae (Musci) and Orthotrichaceae (Musci) in the bryoflora of Reunion Island, with notes on taxa from other islands in the western Indian Ocean. CRYPTOGAMIE BRYOLOGIE, 31 (1) : 31 - 66.

Wilbraham J (2008) Bryophyte Flora of Uganda. 8. Orthotrichaceae Part 1 – Macromitrioideae. Journal of Bryology, 30 (3) : 201 - 207. doi: 10.1179/174328208X322242

Professional Activities

Committees

Member, British Bryological Society - Publications Committee, 2013 - on going.

Member, British Bryological Society - Council, 2013 - on going.

Member, British Phycological Society - Biodiversity & Conservation Committee, 2010 - on going.

Member, British Bryological Society - Council, 2008 - 2011.

Chair, British Bryological Society - Tropical Bryology Group, 2006 - 2010.

Editorships

Editor, Field Bryology (Bulletin of the British Bryological Society), British Bryological Society, 2013 - on going.

Events

Organisation

Organising committee, International Association of Bryologists - London Conference, (Conference), 2013 - 2013.

Publications

Publications

Wilbraham J (2015) Annotated checklist and keys to the Orthotrichaceae of Malawi, together with new country records for East Africa. Journal of Bryology, 37 (2) : 87 - 95. doi: 10.1179/1743282014Y.0000000133

Wilbraham J, Pressel S (2015) Macromitrium (Orthotrichaceae) in sub-Saharan Africa. International Association of Bryologists (IAB) Conference, 11 - 11 1 1

Brodie J, Fussey GD, Wilbraham J, Guiry MD (2015) From Sir Joseph Banks to the world’s seaweed colloid industry: the discovery of original material and typification of the marine red alga Gloiopeltis tenax. Journal of Applied Phycology, 27 (4) : 1535 - 1540. doi: 10.1007/s10811-014-0440-1

Wilbraham J, Brodie J (2014) Seaweed Collections Online: Mobilising data from national and regional museums. SPNHC, 24 - 24 6 6

Wilbraham J, Brodie J, Pottas J (2013) Towards a Red List for UK seaweeds. Presented at British Phycological Society Annual Meeting: Belfast.

Brodie J, Wilbraham J (2013) Seaweed survey of the Outer Hebrides, 2012.

Wilbraham J, Price MJ (2013) A lectotype for Macromitrium cirrosum (Hedw.) Brid. (Orthotrichaceae). Journal of Bryology, 35 (2) : 119 - 122. doi: 10.1179/1743282013Y.0000000052

Brodie J, Irvine LM, Pottas J, Wilbraham J (2012) Using herbarium specimens to track the arrival and spread of non-native seaweeds in the UK and Ireland. The Phycologist, 82 : 31 - 32.

Brodie J, Wilbraham J, Pottas J, Irvine LM (2012) Capturing the aliens: Using herbarium specimens to track the arrival and spread of non-native seaweeds. Presented at British Phycological Society Annual Meeting, Newcastle University.

Wilbraham J (2011) Bryophytes of Réunion Island. British Bryological Society Annual Meeting, 10 - 10 9 9Field Bryology 104 : 44 - 53.

Ah-peng C, Bardat J, Ellis LT, Malombe I, Matcham H, Pócs T, Porley R, Seneca A, Söderstrom L, Wilbraham J (2010) Additions to the bryoflora of Réunion Island 3: new and interesting records from the Tropical Bryology Group (British Bryological Society). Journal of Bryology, 32 (4) : 288 - 295. doi: 10.1179/037366810X12814321877624

Wilbraham J, Matcham HW (2010) Zygodon oeneus Herzog (Bryophyta: Orthotrichaceae) new to Uganda and Africa. JOURNAL OF BRYOLOGY, 32 : 237 - 239.

Wilbraham J, Brodie J (2010) Enhancing the herbarium: documenting the marine algal flora of NW Scotland. Presented at British Phycological Society annual meeting, Oban.

Wilbraham J, Ellis L (2010) Further taxonomic studies on the families Calymperaceae (Musci) and Orthotrichaceae (Musci) in the bryoflora of Reunion Island, with notes on taxa from other islands in the western Indian Ocean. CRYPTOGAMIE BRYOLOGIE, 31 (1) : 31 - 66.

Wilbraham J (2009) Bryophytes & Volcanoes: La Réunion Island. Field Bryology, 97 : 24 - 31.

Wilbraham J, Brodie J (2009) Discovering the Algal Herbarium at the Natural History Museum. Presented at British Phycological Society annual meeting: London.

Wilbraham J (2008) New synonymy and typification in African Schlotheimia (Musci: Orthotrichaceae). Journal of Bryology, 30 (3) : 196 - 200. doi: 10.1179/174328208X300679

Wilbraham J (2008) Phases of bryological exploration with the tropical moss genus Macromitrium. British Bryological Society Annual Meeting, Field Bryology 94 :

Ellis L, Wilbraham J (2008) New synonymy in Macromitrium (Musci, Orthotrichaceae) and Syrrhopodon (Musci, Calymperaceae) in the bryoflora of Réunion Island. Cryptogamie, Bryologie, 29 (1) : 23 - 31.

Wilbraham J (2008) Bryophyte Flora of Uganda. 8. Orthotrichaceae Part 1 – Macromitrioideae. Journal of Bryology, 30 (3) : 201 - 207. doi: 10.1179/174328208X322242

Wilbraham J (2007) Mosses and the African Plants Initiative – Digitisation at the Natural History Museum, London. British Bryological Society Annual Meeting, 8 - 8 9 9Field Bryology 91 : 34 - 43.

Wilbraham J (2007) Orthotrichaceae, in Guide to Bryophytes of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wilbraham J (2007) Taxonomic notes on the pantropical genera Macromitrium and Macrocoma (Bryopsida: Orthotrichaceae). Journal of Bryology, 27 (1) : 54 - 59. doi: 10.1179/174328207X164069

Wilbraham J, Long DG (2005) Zygodon Hook. & Taylor and Bryomaltaea Goffinet (Musci, Orthotrichaceae) in the Sino-Himalaya. Journal of Bryology, 27 : 329 - 342.