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Contact Details

Dr Ray Tangney
Natural Sciences
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3303

Staff Name

Dr Ray Tangney

Job Title

Principal Curator: Botany (Lower Plants)

Areas of Responsibility:

Responsible for managing the Welsh National Herbarium (Non-Vascular Plants, Algae and Fungi). Undertakes research in bryology, and for overseeing research by other staff in relevant aspects of botany. Contributes to related public engagement to a wide range of audiences.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc (Hons), PhD.  Fellow of the Linnean Society London.  Member and former Council Member of the Systematics Association and the British Bryological Society.  Member of the Museums Association.

Research Interests

Bryology, systematics and biogeography of mosses, taxonomy of the moss families Lembophyllaceae and Polytrichaceae.  Moss floras of the Falkland Islands and New Zealand.  Utilising molecular techniques to study problems of systematics of mosses.


Selected Publications

Ochyra, R, Crabtree, D, Tangney, R.  2015.  Studies in the moss flora of the Falkland Islands: I. Bucklandiella and Codriophorus (Grimmiaceae).  Cryptogamie, Bryologie 36 (3): 289-310.

Tangney, RS.  2010.  Lectotypification of Leskea mollis Hedw.  Journal of Bryology 32 (2): 147-148.

Quandt D, Huttunen S, Tangney R, Stech M.  2009. Back to the future?  Molecules take us back to the 1925 classification of the Lembophyllaceae (Bryopsida).  Systematic Botany 34 (3): 1–12.

Tangney, RS.  2008.  A review of Lembophyllum Lindb. (Bryopsida: Lembophyllaceae).  Journal of Bryology 30 (1): 41-47. 

Stech, M, Sim-Sim, M., Esquivel, MG, Fontinha, S, Tangney, R, Lobo, C, Gabriel, R, Quandt D.  2008.  Explaining the ‘anomalous’ distribution of Echinodium (Bryopsida: Echinodiaceae): independent evolution in Macaronesia and Australasia.  Organisms Diversity and Evolution 8: 282-292.

Ebach, M and RS Tangney (Eds).  2007.  Biogeography in a changing world. Systematics Association Special Volume Series 70.  Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Newton, AE and RS Tangney (Eds).  2007.  Pleurocarpous mosses: systematics and evolution.  Systematics Association Special Volume Series 71.  Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Tangney, RS.  2007.  Sympodial and monopodial growth in mosses: examples from the Lembophyllaceae (Bryopsida).  Chapter 15 in: Newton, AE and RS Tangney (eds), Pleurocarpous mosses: systematics and evolution.  Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Tangney, RS.  2007.  Biogeography of austral pleurocarpous mosses: distribution patterns in the Australasian region.  Chapter 19 in: Newton, AE and RS Tangney (eds), Pleurocarpous mosses: systematics and evolution.  Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Tangney, RS.  2006.  Phyllodioicy in Lembophyllum (Bryopsida: Lembophyllaceae) [PDF].  Journal of Bryology 28: 382-384.

Tangney RS.  2003.  The problem with biogeography [PDF].  The Systematist 22: 6-10.

Quandt D, Tangney RS, Frahm J-P, Frey W.  2000.  A molecular contribution for understanding the Lembophyllaceae (Bryopsida) based on noncoding chloroplast regions (cpDNA) and ITS2 (nrDNA) sequenca data.  Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory  89: 71-92.

Perry NB, Benn MH, Brennan NJ, Burgess EJ, Ellis G, Galloway DJ, Lorimer SD, Tangney RS.  1999.  Antimicrobial, antiviral and cytotoxic activity of New Zealand LichensLichenologist 31 (6): 627-636.

Seung-Hwa B, Perry NB, Weavers RT, Tangney RS. 1998.  Geranyl Phenyl Ethers from the New Zealand liverwort Trichocolea hatcheri.  J. Natural Products 61: 126-129.

Tangney RS.  1998.  The architecture of the Lembophyllaceae (Musci)Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory 84: 37-47.

Tangney RS.  1998.  Architecture and growth form in mosses.  Bryological Times 96: 2-3.

Tangney RS.  1997.  A systematic evaluation of the Lembophyllaceae, Musci. Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory 81: 123-153.

Tangney RS.  1997.  A taxonomic revision of Camptochaete Reichdt. (Musci: Lembophyllaceae). Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory 81: 53-121.

Tangney RS, Fife AJ.  1997.  The occurrence of Ptychomnion densifolium in New ZealandJournal of Bryology 19: 821-827.

Lorimer SD, Barns G, Evans AC, Foster LM, May BCH, Perry NB, Tangney RS.  1996. Cytotoxicity and antimicrobial activity of plants from New Zealand's subantarctic islandsPhytomedicine 2 (4): 327-333.

Tangney RS.  1996.  Lembophyllaceae (Musci) in the Tropics [PDF].  Proceedings of the 1995 Meeting of the International Association of Bryologists, Mexico City, August, 1995.  Anales Inst. Biol. Univ. Nac. Auton. Mexico. Ser. Bot. 67 (1): 15-25.

Perry NB, Burgess EJ, Tangney RS.  1996.  Cytotoxic 8,9-Sekokaurane Diterpenes from a New Zealand Liverwort, Lepidolaena tayloriTetrahedron letters 37 (52): 9387-9390.

Wilson JB, Steel JB, Newman JE, Tangney RS.  1995.  Are bryophyte communities different?  Journal of Bryology 18: 689-705.

Lorimer SD, Perry NB, Tangney RS.  1993.  An antifungal bibenzyl from the New Zealand liverwort, Plagiochila stephensoniana.  Bioactivity-directed isolation, synthesis and analysisJournal of Natural Products 56 (9): 1444-1450.

Wilson JB, Gitay H, Roxburgh SH, King W McG, Tangney RS.  1992.  Egler's concept of 'Initial floristic composition' in succession - ecologists citing it don't agree what it meansOikos 64 (3): 591-593.  

Tangney RS, Mark AF, Wilson JB. 1990. The bryophyte island biogeography of Lake Manapouri, Fiordland, New ZealandOikos 59: 21-26.

Tangney RS. 1989.  Moss biogeography in the Tasman Sea region.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology 16: 665-678.  

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