For over 50 years, Jeffrey Graham Duckett has made vast and impactful contributions to multiple disciplines in bryology and across botany. He has inspired thousands of students of all ages through engaging classes and on unforgettable field excursions in sites across the globe (Fig. 1). His research students have gone on to make important contributions to biology and hold prestigious faculty, research and leadership positions. He has established productive and long-standing collaborations with numerous bryologists, and he is considered a treasured colleague who has uncanny insights that unveil the intricacies and beauty of the bryological world. This tribute to Jeff’s life and legacy cannot possibly do justice to the sweeping contributions he has made to his profession, and to the lives of his colleagues and students, rather we highlight his career path, and major accomplishments up to now that bridged multiple disciplines and have led to important advancements in bryology.