What is a Bryologist?

Bryologists study mosses and liverworts (small, flowerless green plants with lobed leaves and leaf-like stems which reproduce by spores and do not have the true roots).

They study different aspects such as their population, distribution, structure, behaviour and characteristics.

Bryologists do research by planning and doing studies of the environment that mosses and liverworts live in to increase their knowledge of these living organisms.  They also conduct ecological and environmental impact studies. Bryologists produce extensive reports and documents of their research.

What does a Bryologist do?

  • collects samples in the outdoors
  • studies the mosses and liverworts in a laboratory
  • conducts experiments and tests on mosses and liverworts
  • analyses data
  • writes reports
  • conducts environmental impact studies

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in biology and botany ?
  • interested in plants?
  • inquisitive?
  • thorough and methodical?
  • analytical?
  • able to work on your own or with a group of other scientists?
  • a person who likes research?

How do I become a Bryologist?

You would start your career doing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Botany.

This can be done at most SA universities. Check your local university if they offer a BSc.

Once you completed this degree you would go on to a postgrad degree specialising in (for example) Bryology, Plant Pathology or Plant Biotechnology, etc.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Mycologist … or … Wood Scientist

Is becoming a Bryologist the right career choice for me?