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Model of the Canopy Operation Access System using lichens as tree canopies

Lichens helped to establish canopy research system in French Guiana

Back in the days, our fungi and lichens Collections Manager Robert Lücking was involved in a project to design and establish a canopy access system in French Guiana for the study of the functional biodiversity of tropical rain forest canopies. The system was named COPAS: Canopy Operation Access System. To obtain initial funding for the project, Robert spent countless hours to built the model depicted here, including trees with a canopy formed by reindeer lichens.

Field Museum researchers and collaborators describe 175 new lichen species in a single family at once

Recent studies of the global diversity of the lichenized fungal family Graphidaceae suggest that there are a large number of species remaining to be discovered.Recent studies of the global diversity of the lichenized fungal family Graphidaceae suggest that there are a large number of species remaining to be discovered.

2014 REU Intern Luis Allende

What’s in a name? That’s what we call a species – addressing species delimitation in lichenized fungi

LUIS ALLENDE Sophomore Ecology major at Northestern Illinois University REU Mentor: Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch (Curator and Associate Director of the Integrative Research Center, S&E) Symposium Presentation Title: What's in a name? That's what we call a species - addressing species delimitation in script lichens

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