Matt von Konrat, Ph.D.

Collections Manager & Adjunct Curator, Bryophytes & Pteridophytes, The Field Museum

Kia ora! (Greetings!) I am originally from Aotearoa-New Zealand and relocated to Chicago in 2001. My field of interest has focused on the systematics of pteridophytes and bryophytes, particularly liverworts. I am stimulated by the variety of disciplines that plant systematics has to offer, including aspects of plant ecology and biogeography, reproductive biology, morphology, ultrastructure, and the use of chemical markers.

I am also particularly interested in theoretical aspects relating to species concepts and biogeography and how our understanding of these relate to conservation biology and conservation management decisions. I also have strong interests in education outreach and the dissemination of knowledge using various forms of multimedia.