Dr Christine Cargill leads research into the taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics of liverwors and hornworts.

Dr Christine Cargill: curating cryptogams

Dr Christine Cargill is the Curator of the cryptogam section of the Australian National Herbarium.

  • 21 June 2006 | Updated 14 October 2011

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Dr Cargill is a Project Leader researching the taxonomy, systematics and phylogeny of hornworts (Anthocerotophyta) and liverworts, particularly members of the liverwort family Fossombroniaceae within the Australasian region.

She also has a project involving the biology, development and cultivation conditions of the rare Queensland fern, Revwattsia fragilis.


Dr Cargill became the Curator of the cryptogam section of the Australian National Herbarium, as part of the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, following the completion of her doctoral studies in the USA in 2001.

Cryptogams are plants that produce spores instead of seeds, such as mosses, ferns and fungi.

Academic qualifications

Dr Cargill holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, 1979
  • Doctorate, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA, 2001.


Dr Cargill has been awarded the Sullivant Award for best Bryological paper from the American Bryological and Lichenological Society 2008. Paper: Duff, R. J., J. C. Villarreal, D. C. Cargill & K. S. Renzaglia. 2007. Progress and challenges toward developing a phylogeny and classification of the hornworts. Bryologist 110(2): 214-243.

See a list of scientific papers published by Dr Cargill in her publishing history.