with Eimy Rivas Plata, Lichenologist
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a field trip. Serves as 1/2 elective credit for the Certificate in Native Plant Studies. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite. Fee: $65 ($58 NCBG members)
About the presenter:
Emiy has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interest include historical biogeography, ecology, systematics, and taxonomy of lichenized fungi and associated photosynthetic partners.