Introduction to Lichen Identification

March 26, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Holt Hallroom 129 at CSU Chico.

This workshop will start in the lab with a lecture presentation covering lichen basics of anatomy, reproduction, ecology, and morphology. Lunch will be in the field while seeing lichens in action, possibly with some hands-on collecting. Afternoon will be back in the lab for guided exploration, using dissecting microscopes, reference materials, and vouchers provided by the instructor. Please bring dissecting tools, a hand lens, and lunch. Participants will benefit more from the workshop if they are experienced with using dichotomous keys.

The workshop will be led by Tom Carlberg. Tom has a degree in Botany from Humboldt State University. He has been a cryptogamic botanist for ten years, working for the Forest Service, private contractors, and non-profit organizations. His current special interest is habitat modeling for rare species of lichens and vascular plants, using satellite imagery, and GIS analysis of spatial data.

The workshop will meet Saturday, March 26, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Holt Hall room 129 at CSU Chico. The registration fee is $100.00 personal, $125.00 business ($90.00 for members of Friends of the Herbarium). Please register in advance; class size is limited to 16 participants.

For more information about workshop content please contact Tom Carlberg. For more information about workshop registration please contact the Biology office at (530) 898-5356 or Also see

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