SP20 Understanding Lichens B

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Saturday March 7

9:30 AM  –  3:00 PM

Understanding Lichens B

Instructor: Jennifer Love

Saturday, March 7, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$68 Member | $88 Non-Member

Limit: 20 students

BRN Elective - 5 Hours


Lichens—these mysterious organisms have fascinated people for years. Spend the day delving into the enchanting world of lichens as we learn their basic ecology, identification, and natural history during this workshop.  Learning objectives: 

1.  The student will learn the characteristics of different growth forms so they can identify these growth forms in the field. 

2.  The student will be able to recognize the different reproductive structures and conspicuous features that are helpful in identifying lichen to genus and species. 

3.  The student will be introduced to the various lichen keys, tools, chemicals, and resources used in identification. 

4.  The student will be introduced to the role of lichens in an ecosystem. 

5.  The student will be introduced to the use of lichens as bio-indicators of an ecosystem’s health. 

Students should bring writing materials for taking notes and a loupe/hand lens if they have one. Suggested reference: Lichens of North America by Irwin M. Brodo, Stephen Sharnoff, and Sylvia Duran Sharnoff.

Jennifer Love is the Macon County Schools STEM Coordinator, and has been participating in a lichen distribution database in Georgia.  She has taught her basic lichen class at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, the N.C. Arboretum and Alarka Expeditions.  Jennifer and her husband Jason enjoy searching for these unique and complicated organisms while exploring their North Carolina home. 


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