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It snowed!

It snowed!

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By the end of next semester, I will probably b…

By the end of next semester, I will probably be able to quickly identify most of the lichens in the area. For now though? Just enjoying the diversity.

Lichen in Muir Woods

Lichen in Muir Woods

I don’t have the energy to get my queue set up…

I don’t have the energy to get my queue set up this week – please accept these mountain lichens and forgive me.

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It is the end of the fourth week of my graduate studies. I am enthusiastically submerging myself in lichen – though my classes aren’t explicitly about lichen, I am doing projects on lichen in all of them.

Two of my classes are about speciation, how to define and classify and delimit species, so I have been thinking too much about what this means for lichen. Currently, lichen species are differentiated by the fungal partner, the mycobiont, even though different lichen species can have the same mycobiont but different photobionts (and/or a slew of other different symbionts). But why call lichen a species when it’s clearly more of an ecosystem? And how can you really truly understand its evolutionary history when you’re only considering the fungal component?

I miss making videos though I do not have much time for it this semester. For one of my classes I’ve decided to do a write-up, for my own psychological benefit, on the history of how we’ve defined lichen species boundaries and why we do it the ways we do now even though it, in my opinion, oversimplifies a complex interaction of species. Is there any interest in a video about this once I’ve accumulated information?

(P.S. Please reply with any simple educational or vloggy videos you might be interested in seeing. I want to share with you and make things accessible. If it gets me out of the house into the mountains of Utah, even better.)

I camped in the La Sal mountains for two night…

I camped in the La Sal mountains for two nights, which is also where the sites are for my thesis research on lichens, so it was lovely to go out and meet the friends I will be studying. I saw some new-to-me lichens, and I can’t wait until I familiarize myself with all of them and can tell you about them!

One short hike of lichen diversity in the Kewe…

One short hike of lichen diversity in the Keweenaw Peninsula AKA why it is going to take me a while to sort through these photos and identify things!

How many lichen species can you count on these…

How many lichen species can you count on these branches? (Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan)

I am overwhelmed by all the lichen pictures I …

I am overwhelmed by all the lichen pictures I have to go through and edit from my trip. (I left this one full size for you to check out all of the species! How many can you count?)