Join us for our first General Meeting over Zoom teleconference! We’ll hear the latest Chapter announcements, then enjoy a talk by Dr. Jesse Miller.
Lichens surround us and though they are rarely noticed, they are sensitive environmental indicators and play critical ecological roles. California is a continental hotspot for lichen diversity, but its lichen communities are among the most threatened in North America. In this talk, Jesse Miller will discuss his research on the effects of altered wildfire regimes on California lichen communities, with case studies from low- to mid-elevation conifer forest in the Sierra Nevada and old-growth chaparral in the Coast Range of Napa County. He will also present recent research conducted with an undergraduate class that uses lichens to monitor air pollution in the vicinity of the Stanford campus.
Jesse Miller has spent many years working as a botanist and lichenologist across California and the Pacific Northwest. 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 several 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.
How to attend: Due to COVID-19 we’ll host and attend this meeting virtually, via teleconference software such as Zoom. Check our Facebook page or Meetup for more information and how to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.