Rene Belland, BSc, MSc, PhD

Faculty Service Officer, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Contact

Faculty Service Officer, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Email
rene.belland@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0801
Address
775 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1

Overview

About

Job/Research Area

 Bryophyte (mosses and liverworts) ecology and distribution



Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests:

My primary research interest is the study of the large scale patterns of distribution and diversity of mosses and liverworts in relation to environmental and historical factors. I am also involved rare and endangered moss conservation and assessment. I am currently Plant and Lichens co-chair on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), and chair of the Alberta Endangered Species Scientific Subcommittee.


Teaching

Awards:

  • William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2018, University of Alberta)
  • Magister Teaching Award (2017, Canadian Botanical Association)
  • ALES Faculty Teaching Award (2016)
  • ECSA Teacher of the Year (2015, 2017, 2019)
  • ALES Teacher of the Year award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (2012-2021)


Courses

REN R 327 - The Mosses of Alberta: Conservation and Identification

This is an introduction to identification and conservation of the mosses of Alberta, with a strong emphasis on field identification. Students are introduced to the morphological characters used to identify Alberta mosses, with supplementary information about individual species' habitat affinities and distribution within Alberta. Lecture topics include basic morphology, conservation and management of species diversity, and rare/endangered species found within Alberta. Students learn to identify more than 110 species from the province's six major natural regions. Prerequisite: *30. PLSC 221 or BIOL 208 or equivalent are recommended.

Winter Term 2022
REN R 464 - Conservation and Management of Endangered Species

Theoretical and applied considerations for maintaining endangered, threatened and rare populations and species, including provincial, national and international strategies. Contributory factors to decline and extinction are discussed, as are various recovery programs. Prerequisite: REN R 364.

Fall Term 2021
REN R 767 - The Mosses of Alberta: Conservation and Identification

This is an introduction to identification and conservation of the mosses of Alberta, with a strong emphasis on field identification. Students are introduced to the morphological characters used to identify Alberta mosses, with supplementary information about individual species habitat affinities and distribution within Alberta. Lecture topics include basic morphology, conservation and management of species diversity, and rare/ endangered species found within Alberta. Students learn to identify more than 110 species from the province's six major natural regions. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 327.

Winter Term 2022

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Publications

Sphagnum Mosses from 21 Ombrotrophic Bogs in the Athabasca Bituminous Sands Region Show No Significant Atmospheric Contamination of ‘Heavy Metals
Author(s): Shotyk, W., Belland, R., and 9 others
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Environmental Science and Technology
Volume: 49
Page Numbers: 6354−6357

The Arctic-Alpine and Montane Mosses of the Gulf of St. Lawrence Region Part I: Montane Element
Author(s): Belland, R.J.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Evansia
Volume: 32
Page Numbers: 10-24

The Arctic-Alpine and Montane Mosses of the Gulf of St. Lawrence Region Part II: Arctic-Alpine and Arctic Elements
Author(s): Belland, R.J.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Evansia
Volume: 32
Page Numbers: 107-120

Bryophyte assemblage structure after partial harvesting in boreal mixedwood forest depends on residual canopy abundance and composition
Author(s): Caners, R.T., S.E. Macdonald, and R.J. Belland
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
Volume: 289
Page Numbers: 489-500

Linking the biological traits of boreal bryophytes to forest habitat change after partial harvesting
Author(s): Caners, R.T., S.E. Macdonald, and R.J. Belland
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
Volume: 303
Page Numbers: 184-194

Rare mosses from siliceous regions in the Northern Rockies, Alberta, Canada: additions and significance
Author(s): Belland, R. J.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Davidsonia
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 3-23

Responses of boreal epiphytic bryophytes to different levels of partial canopy harvest
Author(s): Caners, R.T, S.E. Macdonald, and R.J. Belland
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: 88
Page Numbers: 315-328
External Link: Botany
Recolonization potential of bryophyte diaspore banks in harvested mixedwood boreal forest
Author(s): Caners, R; Macdonald, SE; Belland, R
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Plant Ecology
Volume: 204
Page Numbers: 55-68

Antifungal screening of medicinal plants
Author(s): Webster, D., P. Taschereau, R.J. Belland, C. Sand, and R.P. Rennie
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Volume: 115
Page Numbers: 140-146

Mosses (Bryophyta) of the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
Author(s): Belland, R.J.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Assessment of Species Diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
Page Numbers: 1-18

Population structure of Dicranum elongatum in northeastern regions of Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada
Author(s): Cassie, D.M., M.D. Piercey-Normore, R.J. Belland
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Bryologist
Volume: 111:
Page Numbers: 302,309

A multivariate study of moss distributions in relation to environment in the Gulf of St. Lawrence region, Canada
Author(s): Belland, R.J.
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Canadian Journal of Botany
Volume: 83
Page Numbers: 243-263

The ones we left behind: Comparing plot sampling and floristic habitat sampling for estimating bryophyte diversity
Author(s): Newmaster, S.G., R.J. Belland, A. Arsenault, D.H. Vitt, and T.A. Stephens
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Diversity and Distributions
Volume: 11
Page Numbers: 57-72

Patterns of Bryophyte Diversity in Humid Coastal and Inland Cedar Hemlock Forests of British Columbia
Author(s): Newmaster, S.G., R.J. Belland, A. Arsenault and D.H. Vitt
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: Environmental Reviews
Volume: 11
Page Numbers: S1-S27

Discovery of a moss family Schistostegaceae in ChangBai Mountain, China
Author(s): Cao, T, X. Fu, C. Gao, Y-H. Wu, R.J. Belland & D.H. Vitt
Publication Date: 1999
Publication: Acta Phytptaxonomica Sinica
Volume: 37
Issue: 40-406

The rare mosses of Alberta: ecology and patterns of diversity
Author(s): Vitt, D.H. & R.J. Belland
Publication Date: 1997
Publication: Bryologist
Volume: 100
Page Numbers: 1-12

Bryophyte vegetation patterns along environmental gradients in continental bogs
Author(s): Belland, R.J. & D.H. Vitt
Publication Date: 1995
Publication: Ecoscience
Volume: 2
Page Numbers: 395-407