Staff Bio for Tom Neily

Tom Neily
Botanist and Lichenologist

Tom Neily has been surveying the forests and wetlands of Nova Scotia for the Boreal Felt Lichen and other rare cyanolichens for over fifteen years. He is happiest when in the field especially in good habitat which is becoming noticeably more difficult to find. Not content with that challenge he is actively collecting and maintaining a bryophyte collection which currently consists of over four thousand specimens from the maritimes and has found several species previously not recorded for the area. Tom also has an interest in vascular plants, fungi and all species at risk.When not in the woods Tom enjoys adding to the diversity around his home on the north mountain in the Annapolis Valley specializing in not-so-common trees and shrubs.