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Biographical entry Ramsay, Helen P. (1929 - )



Helen Ramsay is one of Australia's foremost bryologists, focussing on cytology, taxonomy and distribution checklists, particularly of Bryaceae, Sematophyllaceae and Macromitrium In her research she collaborated with Australian and overseas bryologists, and she is renowned as a mentor for younger scientists. Her publications include censuses of the mosses of New South Wales, the ACT and Lord Howe Island. Ramsay has made significant collections of Australian mosses: these are in the National Herbarium of New South Wales and the John Ray Herbarium at the University of New South Wales.



Education - PhD, University of Sydney
1966 - 1967
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bangor University, Wales
1968 - 1984
Career event - Tutor (later Senior Lecturer) in botany, University of New South Wales
1979 - 1991
Career position - Co-editor, Australasian Bryological Newsletter
Life event - Retired

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Conference Papers

  • Ramsay, H.P. and Seur, Julie, 'Type Specimens of Bryophytes in Australian Herbaria', in History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988 edited by Short, P.S. (Melbourne: Australian Systematic Botany Society, 1990), pp. 247-252.. Details

Journal Articles

  • Dalton, P. J. ed., 'Helen Ramsay - a very special person', Australasian Bryological Newsletter, 49 (2004), 1-8. Details
  • Ramsay, H. P., 'William Walter Watts, 1856 - 1920', Australasian Bryological Newsletter, 39 (1998), 1-4. Details
  • Ramsay, Helen, 'Heinar Streimann 1938-2001', Australasian Bryological Newsletter, 45 (2002), 206. Details
  • Ramsay, Helen P., 'Contributions of Rev. W. W. Watts F.L.S. to Australian botany', Taxon, 29 (4) (1980), 455-69. Details
  • Renner, Matt, Ramsay, Helen, West, Carol, Braggins, John, Downing, Alison, Downing, Kevin, de Lange, Peter and Cairns, Andi, 'Tributes to Dr Elizabeth Brown', Australasian Bryological Newsletter, 64 (2014), 2-16. Details


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