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Noris Salazar Allen

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Gene Robinson: Bee Behavior & Genomics
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Last Name

STRI Mentor

Noris Salazar Allen


M.A., Ph.D.  Part-time Scientific Staff. Research Professor “ad honorem”, Department of Botany, University of Panama, Curator of Bryophytes and Lichens, Herbarium, University of Panama.

Research Interests

Biosystematics of tropical bryophytes and lichens of Panama.
I am currently working on the biosystematics of Neotropical species of the moss Octoblepharum, the thalloid liverwort Dumortiera (worldwide) and the horwort Notothylas in Panama and Central America. The work includes revision of fresh and herbarium collections, developmental morphology of protonema and adult gametophyte, fungal endophyte associations, bioactivity of liverworts and fungal compounds, ecology and community associations of these bryophytes. I have a stock of fungal endophytes isolated from Dumortiera that awaits identification by molecular techniques. I am also working on the bryophyte diversity of the Isthmus Panama in relation to the types of forests and the evolution of these communities through time by monitoring (starting 2012) bryophyte communities in selected areas. Research with lichens is done in association with Dr. Robert Lücking of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA. It focuses on species diversity and association of communities.  I have two B.A. student currently working on the morphology and distribution of Notothylas and Dumortiera of Panama respectively. I have being advisor to master and doctoral students from the University of Panama, and universities of South America (Colombia, Argentina) and Europe (England, Germany).

Representative and Recent Publications


  • A. Guide to the Bryophytes of Tropical America. S. R. Gradstein, S. P. Churchill & N. Salazar Allen. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 86. 2001. 577 págs.
  • B. Octoblepharum
    • Octoblepharum arthrocormoides (Calymperaceae) Salazar Allen & Tan sp.nov. from Tropical Asia. 2010. Botany 88: 439-442.
    • Genetic variation in three species of epiphytic Octoblepharum (Leucobryaceae). H. Korpelainen and N. Salazar Allen.  Nova Hedwigia 68(3-4): 281-290. 1999.
    • Octoblepharum. Págs. 182-189. In B. Allen (ed.), Moss Flora of Central America. Part 1. Sphagnaceae- Calymperaceae. Missouri Botanical Garden.  1994.
  • C. Cyathodium
    • Notes on neotropical Cyathodium.  N. Salazar Allen & H. Korpelainen. Cryptogamie, Bryologie 27(1): 85- 96. 2006.
    • Cyathodiaceae.  In H. Bischler-Causse, S. R. Gradstein, S. Jovet-Ast, D. Long & N. Salazar Allen, Marchantiidae.  Flora Neotropica Monograph 97: 131-147. 2005.
    • Cyathodium foetidissimum (Marchantiales), an Asiatic species new to Tropical America. The Bryologist  107(1): 41-46. 2004.
    • Cyathodium bischlerianum sp. nov. (Marchantiales) a new species from the Neotropics. N. Salazar Allen.  The Bryologist 104: 141-145.  2001.
  • D. Dumortiera
    • Molecular and morphological evidence for distinct species of Dumortiera (Dumortieraceae). L.L.Forrest, N. Salazar Allen, J. Gudiño, H. Korpelainen, D.G. Long.  The Bryologist 114(1): 102-115 (2011).
    • Endophytes in the thalloid liverwort Cyathodium Kunze ex Lehm (Marchantiales).  World Conference of Bryology 2007.  Theme:  Bryology in Asia in the New Millenium.  Book of Abstracts. Page 67. 2007.
  • E. Floristics.
    • Nuevos registros de Hepáticas y Antocerotófitas para Panamá.  G. Dauphin L., T. Pócs, J.C. Villarreal & N. Salazar Allen. Tropical Bryology 27: 73-85. 2006.
    • Aporte al Catálogo de Musgos de Guatemala. N. Salazar Allen, J. E. De Gracia, C. Chung. Pp. 69-146. In E.  B. Cano (ed.), Biodiversity of Guatemala. Volume I. University of El Valle, Guatemala. 2006.
    • Bryophytes (Hornworts, Liverworts and Mosses) of the Bahía Honda region (Veraguas, Panamá). N. Salazar Allen & C. Chung, Pp. 95-175. In S. Castroviejo & A. Ibáñez (eds.).  Studies on the Biodiversity of the Bahía Honda Region (Veraguas, Panama). 2005.
    • A Checklist of the Hepatics and Anthocerotes of Panama. R. Stotler, N. Salazar Allen, S. R. Gradstein, W. McGuinness, A. Whittemore & C. Chung. Tropical Bryology 15:167-195. 1998.
    • Primera aproximación al catálogo de los briofitos del Parque Nacional de Coiba (Panamá). N. Salazar Allen & C. Chung C. Pp. 221-243.  In S. Castroviejo & M. Velayos (eds.), Flora y Fauna del Parque Nacional de Coiba (Panamá). Inventario Preliminar. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, Madrid.  España. 1997.

Lichens of Panama

  • Chapsa thallotrema Lücking and N. Salazar sp. nov. (Fig. 8A- B) Mycobank 517753.  In One hundred new species of lichenized fungi: a signature of undiscovered global diversity. Phytotaxa 18: 1–127 (18 Feb. 2011).
  • Macrolichens of Montane Rain Forests in Panama, Province of Chiriquí. B. Büdel, A. Meyer, N. Salazar A.,  H. Zellner, G. Zotz & O. Lange. The Lichenologist 32: 539-551.  2000.
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