Introduction to California Lichens, UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium, February 24-25, 2018


Introduction to California Lichens

Date: Friday-Sunday, February 24-25, 2018
Location: Jepson Herbarium, Berkeley, CA
Instructor: Dr. Jesse Miller (

Course Fee: $305 ($275 for members of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium) Registration: Opens December 1st, 2017 for members, December 8th for non-members; contact Allyson Ayalon,, 510-643-7008 or visit

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a typographic error, the CALS Bulletin incorrectly reported the workshop fee. The information above is correct.

Lichens are all around us and they have fascinating stories to tell to those who listen. This 2½ day workshop will focus on developing skills for identifying common Bay Area macrolichens (foliose and fruticose lichens) to genus. We will begin with an introductory classroom session, where we will cover basic lichen anatomy and terminology, and discuss the roles lichens play in ecosystems such as supporting wildlife. We’ll then divide the rest of the class time between field trips to nearby natural areas and lab time, so that students can observe lichens in their natural habitats and then bring collections back to the lab for study. Students will learn to recognize and distinguish between pollution-tolerant lichen communities that we often see in cities and the more pristine communities that occur in places with high air quality. After taking this course you will be sure to observe lichens, big or small, almost everywhere you go!

Jesse Miller has spent many years working as a botanist and lichenologist across California and Oregon. After a few years working on a Ph.D. studying grassland communities in the Ozarks he is happy to be back in California where he currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis. Jesse is a certified lichenologist who loves sharing his passion for lichens with others as much as he enjoys disentangling the mysteries of species distributions and conservation biology. He enjoys contributing to northern California’s growing lichenological community and is working to improve the representation of the northern California lichen flora in regional herbarium collections.

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