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Lichen biology is usually only included in basic science textbooks as an example of symbiotic associations between fungi and algae. There are, however, few opportunities to study the intricate structures and processes of these complex organisms compared to opportunities to study birds, rocks, flowers, and trees. The study of lichens is highly rewarding and you do not have to go very far to find them - they are all around you. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage the study of lichens in this region by exploring the basic characteristics needed to understand lichen biology and identification. This will be a self-paced, hands-on laboratory experience, using the author's Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States. Participants are encouraged to bring lichens they have collected.
Instructor Sheila Strawn is a native Oklahoman and she holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.Ed in Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her Ph.D. in Grassland Ecology is from the University of Oklahoma. For the past 20 years Strawn has taught at the University of Central Oklahoma as Part-time Faculty teaching 4 to 8 hours of General Biology for non-majors each semester. She is the founding editor of the Oklahoma Native Plant Record and has served in that capacity for the last seventeen years. Her current research involves collecting, identifying, and developing distribution maps and an identification key for lichens growing in Oklahoma. Strawn is the author of Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States, which was published by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in 2017.
$20 members/$25 non-members
Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States