Peatland Mosses of Alberta – May 27 – 28, 2021


Due to Alberta Health Services restrictions regarding COVID-19, the May 27 – 28, 2021 Peatland Mosses of Alberta course has been cancelled. Future sessions will appear on this page when scheduled. Thank you for understanding.


The Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta offers 2-day workshops in bryophyte identification designed for environmental consultants, land reclamation and restoration specialists, biologists, ecologists, and foresters.

Peatland Mosses of Alberta

Accurately identifying peatland mosses has become even more important with the release of the guide Reclamation Criteria for Wellsites and Associated Facilities for Peatlands by Alberta Environment and Parks. This two day workshop will introduce participants to mosses most commonly found in the peatlands of Alberta and provide a practical approach to implementing the new guide. Participants will learn the key characteristics used to identify each species in addition to the species’ ecological preferences. The workshop combines both lab and field identification. A ½ day field visit to a local peatland will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about species and their habitats in a natural setting.


Custom Workshops Available
Please contact us to discuss options for creating a customized workshop to meet your organization’s needs.

About the Instructor

Dr René Belland  is a world expert bryologist who conducts research and teaches moss identification in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. René has 37 years of experience studying mosses from many regions of Canada, including Atlantic Canada, the Arctic, and western Canada. His current interests include the factors affecting diversity patterns of the moss flora of the Rockies, endangered species conservation, as well as the biogeography of the moss flora of Alberta.
Dr. Rene Belland
780 492 0801