Botany Internship: The Lichens of Fiji

2012 High School Summer Internship

Project Description: The intern will prepare specimens collected recently on a field trip to Fiji and work with the project leader on assembling morphological and chemical data of the specimens. The intern will learn microscopic and chromatographic methods. He/she will sort lichen specimens into generic groups based on the morphological and chemical data. In this process, the intern will learn lichen morphology and chemistry, be trained in lichen identification and systematics of fungi. The intern will also learn to search for literature on lichen taxonomy and prepare data for publication on the EOL website.

Project Leader: Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch (Associate Curator)