Lecture on Fog Lichens, March 21, 2017

When:  March 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Where:  Milo Baker Chapter meeting of the California Native Plant Society held at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa, Ca.

This lecture is free and open to the public

Presenter:  Shelly Benson

Title:  Lichens in the Mist:  exploring California’s fog lichens

A distinctive group of lichens called fog lichens (Niebla species) is restricted to rock outcrops in the coastal fog zone.  These lichens require reliable summer moisture supplied by fog drip.  In the face of climate change, there is a possibility that the frequency of summer fog will diminish and fog lichens, as well as other fog-dependent species, will be negatively affected.  I’m interested in using fog lichens as biological indicators of change in the coastal fog regime.

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