Noris Salazar Allen
Address: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
ATT: Noris Salazar Allen
9100 PANAMA CITY PL
Washington DC 20521-9100
Telephone: +507 212-8112
FAX: +507 212-8713
Biosystematics and evolution of tropical bryophytes. Lichens of Panama.
My research deals with the biosystematics and genetic variations of selected taxa of Neotropical bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) including some ecological aspects. Floristic studies are pursued in various regions of Panama and were done also in Manu and Cusco, Peru. A further interest is on environmental education as it relates to the development of programs, guidebooks, workshops and other means related to the importance and conservation of tropical rainforests. I am also a profesor in the department of Botany of the University of Panama, and curator of the Cryptogamic section of the Herbarium.
For Cyathodium, ten populatins in selected sites in Panama have been studied for over a year. Genetic variation between and within populatins are being done by Dr. Korpelainen in Finland. At the present time, five species are recognized for the Neotropics: Cyathodium cavernarum Kunze, C. spruceanum Proskauer, C. steerei Hässel and the new species C. bischlerianum Salazar Allen. Pickled and dried material are used for morphological studies and growth experiments are being started to study patterns of sporeling and morphological plasticity of Neotropical species ocurring in Panama and Costa Rica.
For Cyathodium, ten populations in selected sites in Panama have been studied for over a year. Genetic variation between and within populations are being done by Dr. Korpelainen in Finland. At the present time, four species are recognized for the Neotropics: Cyathodium cavernarum Kunze, C. spruceanum Proskaver, C. steerei Hässel and a new species. Pickled and dried material are used for morphological studies and growth experiments are being started to study patterns of sporeling and morphological plasticity of Neotropical species occurring in Panama.
Education and Degrees
B.A., Trinity College, 1969.
M.A., State University of New York, 1973.
Ph. D., University of Alberta, 1986.
Cyathodium bischlerianum, sp. nov. (Marchantiales) a new species from the Neotropics. The Bryologist 104: 141-145. 2001.
S. R. Grasdtein, S. P. Churchill & N. Salazar Allen. Guide to the Bryophytes of Tropical America. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 86. 577 pp. 2001.
B. Budel, A. Meyer, N. Salazar, H. Zellner, G. Zotz, O. L. Lange. Macrolichens of montane rain forests in Panama, Province of Chiriqui. The Lichenologist 32: 539-551. 2001.
Korpelainen, H. & N. Salazar Allen. 1999. Genetic variation in three species of epiphytic Octoblepharum (Leucobryaceae). Nova Hedwigia 68 (3-4): 281-290.
Salazar Allen N. & C. Chung. 1997. Primera aproximación al catálogo de briofitos del Parque Nacional de Coiba (Panamá). Pp. 221-244. In S. Castroviejo & M. Velayos (eds), Flora y Fauna del Parque Nacional de Coiba (Panamá). Inventario Preliminar. Madrid, España.
Salazar Allen N. & S.R. Gradstein. 1996. A report on the bryoflora of Peru. Pp. 201-207. In D. Wilson & A. Sandoval. Manu. The Biodiversity of southeastern Peru. Smithsonian Institution.
Salazar Allen, N. 1994. Octoblepharum Hedw. In B. Allen (ed.) Flora of Central America. Part I. Sphagnaceae - Calymperaceae. Monographs in Systematic Botany, Missouri Bot. Gard. 49: 182-189.
Salazar Allen, N., Correa, M.D. & C.G. de Peralta. 1994. Guía Florística del Sendero de Interpretación Panamá. Parque Nacional Altos de Campana, 44 págs. Publication supported by grant from the Women's Committee of the Smithsonian Institutions.
Salazar Allen, N. 1993. A revision of the pantropical moss genus Leucophanes Brid. Bryophytorum Bibliotheca 46: 1-281. J. Cramer. Berlin.
Salazar Allen, N. 1992. Notas para la revisión de las especies de Octoblepharum del Neotrópico. Tropical Bryology 6: 171-179.