Former student Celia Hampton Miller, co-author of the upcoming Compendium of Alaska Lichens led a group of ~ 20 participants on a lichen walk on the ski trails at UAF. Celia has studied lichen taxonomy at the University of Alaska Herbarium and the University of Graz, Austria. She currently works as a botanist for the National Park Service. The walk was planned for Murphy Dome, but an usual late winter storm brought several inches of snow last night, so the location was changed to UAF.
After the walk participants came to the UA Museum of the North and worked on specimen ID using dissecting microscopes and demonstrations using video microscopy. I am lichen it!