Introduction to Lichens and Lichen Identification
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Location: Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa, CA
Instructor: Shelly Benson
Course Fee: $35 ($30 for members of Pepperwood Preserve)
Registration: via Pepperwood Preserve, www.pepperwoodpreserve.org/get-involved/classes-events
In this introductory class you will learn the basics of lichen biology and ecology. We will focus on recognizing the various lichen structures that are used in identification. We will use dichotomous keys, chemical spot tests, and dissecting microscopes to identify lichens to the genus-level. The workshop structure includes a classroom lecture, a short field trip, and lab time to identify lichens. Bring a hand lens, bring a lunch, and if you have any unidentified lichens—bring them too!
Shelly Benson is the former president of the California Lichen Society and has been studying lichens from British Columbia, Canada to California for the past 18 years. She finds lichens incredibly fascinating and diverse. She started teaching in order to spread the word about these amazing organisms. Her current interest is in using lichens as indicators of air quality and climate change.