Virginia Freire, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Curator of Bryophytes, UWSP Museum of Natural History​

Office:  CBB 216
Phone:  715-346-4252


Ph.D., Botany/Bryology - S. Illinois University (2002)
M.S., Molecular Biology - S. Illinois University (1995)
B.S., Biology - Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (1990)


Bio 130 - General Botany
Bio 330 - Plant Morphology
Bio 339 - Bryology and Lichenology
Bio 353 - Ethnobotany

Research Areas

Liverwo​rts from Guatemala and Belize; The genus Fossombronia in Latin America; Liverworts from Central Wisconsin; Reintroduction of the multipurpose tree Prosopis juliflora (Mimosaceae) to the dry forest of Guatemala.

Honors and Awards

2001 Undergraduate Research Initiative -UWSP/UEI-. Funding to buy equipment requested in the proposal: Survey of Liverworts from Portage County, Wisconsin.
2001 University Professional Development Committee UWSP/UPDC granted funding for the proposal "Course on Tropical Bryology and Bryophyte Field Collection in Puerto Rico".
1998 Sigma Xi Grant in aid of Research award for the proposal "Phylogenetic relationships among Latin American Fossombroniineae".
1998 Joint Women's Studies and University Women's Professional Advancement Juried Competition 1997-998. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Research grant award for the proposal "Phylogenetic relationships of Fossombroniineae".
1991-93 Fulbright Scholarship granted by the US Government to conduct graduate studies in the US.

Select Publications

2007​ Typifications of Latin American species in the genus Fossombronia (Marchantiophyta). (With R. E. Stotler). The Bryologist 110(4).
2006 Biodiversidad de Hepaticas y Antocerotes en Guatemala. In: Biodiversidad de Guatemala. Vol. 1. E. Cano, ed. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala Press. p. 55-68.
2006 Introducción a la diversidad de las briofitas en Guatemala. (With N. Salazar Allen). In: Biodiversidad de Guatemala. Vol. 1. E. Cano, ed. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala Press. p. 49-53.
2005 Distribucion de las hepáticas presentes en el sendero interpretativo “los musgos” del Biotopo Universitario para la Conservación del Quetzal, Mario Dary Rivera, Purulha, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. (With F. Ramirez & M. Perez). Revista Científica de la Dirección General de Investigación, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.
1999 On the status of Austrofossombronia peruviana (With Crandall-Stotler and B. R. Stotler) (Gottsche & Hampe) R.M. Schust. Ex Stotler, Stotl.-Crand & A.V. Freire (Fossombroniineae, Marchantiophyta). Haussknechtia Beiheft 9 (Riclef-Grolle-Festschrift):67-78.


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