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Expeditions: Early Land Plants of Chile

Sail along the Cape Horn Archipelago with Field Museum botanist Laura Briscoe and her colleagues as they catalog the incredible diversity of some of the world's earliest land plants—liverworts, hornworts, and mosses. For Expeditions at The Field Museum, we asked Laura to document the team’s daily life and discoveries on this poorly explored chain of islands at the tip of Chile.

Project Manager/Producer: Kimberly Singleton, Video Editor: Alexandra Samochina, Videographers: Laura Briscoe and Blanka Shaw, Field Team: John Engel, Bill Buck, Matt von Konrat, Laura Briscoe, Paddy Dalton, Ernesto Davis, Niels Klazenga, Juan Larraín, Blanka Shaw, John Spence, and the crew of the Don Jose Miguel.

Video Journal #8: Fieldwork

Join Laura and her colleagues as they board inflatable Zodiacs and make a beach landing on Isla Nueva—where they’re shocked to find a surprising amount of bryophyte diversity scattered among the remnants of human disturbance! This is the eighth installment in a series of video journals by botanist Laura Briscoe documenting The Field Museum’s 2013 survey of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) along remote islands in Chile’s Cape Horn Archipelago.

You'll be surprised to discover the critical role these tiny plants play in establishing healthy soil, water, and air, and you'll learn how Field Museum scientists are working to conserve their rare and fragile habitat.

Be sure to check out Video Journal #9: “New Discoveries” at

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