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Dr. A.E. Dulip Daniels,
Bryology Laboratory,
Dept. of Botany & Research Centre, Scott Christian College (Autonomous),
K.P. Road, Nagercoil - 629 003 ,
Tamil Nadu, India


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Dulip Daniels

Albert Ebenezer Dulip Daniels

Bryology Laboratory, Department of Botany & Research Centre,

Scott Christian College (Autonomous),

Nagercoil - 629 003, Tamil Nadu.

Dr. A.E. Dulip Daniels is an Associate Professor of Botany, Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil. In 1995 he went to the British Natural History Museum, London to specialise on Bryophyte Taxonomy under the Darwin Initiative Fellowship. Since then he is making studies on the bryophytes of the Southern Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats and the specimens collected are deposited at Scott Christian College Herbarium (SCCN). He was granted a project by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), New Delhi, under the AICOPTAX in the financial year 2008-2009 with which he established a research laboratory called 'Bryology Laboratory' on 9 January, 2009, exclusively for the study of bryophytes. There are approximately 12,000 holdings at SCCN.

The Bryology Laboratory was recognized by the Index Herbariorum, New York Botanical Garden, U.S.A. on 4 July, 2012 and bears the acronym 'SCCN'.

Specialty: This herbarium holds exclusively bryophyte specimens collected by Daniels and his Research Fellows since 1995 from the Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats in Peninsular India. There are also some African specimens gifted to the Herbarium by Mr. M.J. Wigginton, Peterborough, England, European and Southeast Asian specimens gifted by Dr. G. Winter, Senckenberg Natural History Museum, Germany and Himalayan specimens gifted by Dr. D.G. Long (E), Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK.



Completed Research Projects:

  • Conservation of the Biodiversity of the Western Ghats as if people matter in association with Prof. Madhav Gadgil, formerly Chairman, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (3 years, 1994 to 1996, PEW Foundation, U.S.A)
  • Studies on the Bryophytes of Tirunelveli-Travancore Hills (3 years, 2009 to 2012 - MoEF, GoI, New Delhi)
  • Studies on the Bryophytes of Indira Gandhi National Park, Anamalais (3 years, 2012 to 2015 - DST, GoI, New Delhi)

Ongoing Research Project:

  • Studies on the Bryophytes of Eastern Ghats (3 years, 2015 to 2018 - MoEF & CC, GoI, New Delhi)

Publications/Journals: Botanical Trends (Newsletter)

Overseas Visit

Visit of eminent scientists to the Laboratory

A surprise visit was made by Dr. H.Y. Mohan Ram, formerly Professor, Department of Botany, University of Delhi and Dr. M. Sanjappa, formerly Director, Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata accompanied by Dr. P. Daniel, formerly Joint Director, Botanical Survey of India, Southern Circle, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and Dr. C. Sathish Kumar, Scientist E II, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute, Palode, Kerala

Dr. Mohan Ram and Dr. Sanjappa looked at the facilities that were available in the laboratory and encouraged Daniels to pursue his research on bryophytes.



A National level Workshop on Taxonomy of mosses was organised by Dr. A.E. Dulip Daniels, Bryology Laboratory, Department of Botany and Research Centre, Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil from the 13th to the 15th January, 2014 funded by the National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai, an integral unit of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, New Delhi. The Inaugural meeting took place on the 13th morning at Scott Christian College at 10.00 a.m. Dr. P. Charles, Head of the Department of Botany welcomed the guests and the delegates. The Principal, Dr. M. Jezer Jebanesan delivered the Presidential address during which he stressed the need for the conservation of biodiversity. Dr. Daniels spoke on the need for the Workshop and introduced the Chief Guest Dr. M. Sanjappa, formerly Director Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata who inaugurated the Workshop and delivered the inaugural address and advised the participants to make collaborative studies so that molecular systematics can also be incorporated. He also released the book authored by Dr. Daniels and Dr. P. Daniel, formerly Joint Director, Botanical Survey of India called 'The Bryoflora of the Southernmost Western Ghats, India'. Mr. K.C. Kariyappa proposed the vote of thanks with which the meeting came to a close. After tea break, Dr. Daniels continued the Workshop with lectures on general account on bryophytes, methods of studying bryophytes and Taxonomy of mosses. With that the days programme came to a close. The Workshop continued on the 14th and 15th as well. Twenty three participants from Maharashtra, Pune, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu including one from the Cambridge University, England participated in the Workshop - the first of its kind in the whole of South India.

The delegates freely expressed their opinion and ideas and appreciated every aspect of the programme viz., the logistics was very good, comfortable accommodation, excellent and hygenic food, interesting and informative lectures, exciting and informative field trip, learning to use camera lucida and the overall hospitality. However, there were three suggestions and a request:

  • In future to organise such Workshops for 5 days
  • The field trip for one whole day at least
  • Also include one session on 'How to make taxonomic keys?'
  • The request was to organise a 5-day Workshop on the Taxonomy of liverworts and hornworts.
Lectures 90%
Field Trip 95%
Learning to use camera lucida 80%
Food And Accomadation90%


Year 1993
  • Daniels, R.J.R & A.E.D. Daniels 1993. Dwindling tree cover dilates storm havoc. Down to Earth (Crosscurrents), March 15.
Year 1994
  • Daniels, A.E.D. & R.J.R. Daniels 1993. Parched tip. Down to Earth (Crosscurrents), November 30.
Year 1998
  • Daniels, A.E.D. 1998a. Introduction of monoculture plantations and their impact on the wildlife of Kanyakumari Dist. Zoo's print 13: 16 - 18.
  • Daniels, A.E.D. 1998b. Ecological adaptations of some bryophytes of the Western Ghats. J. Ecobiol. 10: 261 - 270.
Year 2001
  • Daniels, A.E.D. 2001. Cololejeunea furcilobulata (Berrie et Jones) Schuster and Heteroscyphus argutus (Reinw. et al.) Schiffn. from Mahendragiri hills of Kanyakumari District of South India. In: Nath, V. & A.K. Asthana (ed.), Perspectives in Indian Bryology, 301 - 307. Dehra Dun.
Year 2002
  • Daniels, A.E.D. & P. Daniel 2002. Two new species of Riccia L. (Hepaticae: Marchantiales) from the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu. Bull. Bot. Surv. India. 44: 135 - 140.
Year 2003
  • Daniels, A.E.D. & P. Daniel 2003a. Fissidens griffithii Gangulee (Musci: Fissidentales) - An addition to the bryoflora of India. Indian J. Forest. 26: 193 - 194.
  • Daniels, A.E.D. & P. Daniel 2003b. Additions to the bryoflora of Peninsular India. Indian J. Forest. 26: 389 - 396.
  • Daniels, A.E.D. & P. Daniel 2003c. An Addition to the bryoflora of India. Bull. Bot. Surv. India. 45: 225 - 226.
Year 2004
  • Daniels, A.E.D. 2004. Bryophytes. In: Annamalai, R. (ed.), Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Strategy and Action plan. Wild Plant Diversity: 49 - 70. Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.
  • Daniels, A.E.D. & P. Daniel 2004. Leptolejeunea balansae (Hepaticae: Jungermanniales) - a new record of Bryoflora from the Indian mainland. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 101: 333 - 334.
Year 2005
  • Daniels, A.E.D. & P. Daniel 2005. Additions to the moss flora of the Indian mainland. Bull. Bot. Surv. India. 47 (1 - 4): 93 - 100.

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