Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:00 – 11:30am
ONLINE using Zoom platform
$10 suggested donation, Free for members
Ages 13 and up (youth under 13 welcome with adult supervision)
Perhaps you have seen colorful, bushy, leafy, or scaly lichens clinging to oak trees or covering rocks. Lichens are all around us, and they have fascinating stories to tell! These incredible organisms are diverse, highly adaptable, and play important roles in the ecosystem such as supporting wildlife. If you want to better understand what lichens are, where they grow, how they reproduce, and how to identify them, this is the class for you! Expert lichenologist, Jesse Miller, will enlighten you with the biology, ecology, and identification of these weird and wonderful composite organisms. After this class will be sure to notice lichens of all shapes and sizes almost everywhere you go!
Jesse Miller has worked as a botanist and lichenologist across California and the Pacific Northwest for many years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, where he studied the effects of habitat connectivity on grassland plant communities. He is currently a lecturer at Stanford, where he teaches ecology classes, including inquiry-based courses that engage undergraduates in real world ecological research. Jesse’s research interests include the effects of global change factors such as altered fire regimes on lichen and plant communities. Jesse loves sharing his passion for the natural world with others and enjoys contributing to Northern California’s growing community of lichen enthusiasts.
This class will consist of a live multimedia presentation and include interactive time for Q&A with the instructor.
*This class will be held online using the Zoom meeting platform. Once you register, you will be emailed the link and instructions on how to join the Zoom Meeting at the scheduled time. You can join this event using a computer, smartphone, or tablet – in your web browser or by downloading the Zoom application.