Dr. James Lendemer
Assistant Curator, Lichenology
Institute of Systematic Botany,
New York Botanical Garden, NY
"New York Lichens: How to Know Our Neglected Natives."
Mark your calendar for the next NEBC Meeting on June 4-5, 2016, at Hudson River Valley, Black Rock Forest with lecture by Dr. James Lendemer.
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Abstract: Lichens are important fungi that form striking symbioses with algae for the purposes of obtaining nutrition. From the highest mountains to the driest deserts, lichens form conspicuous displays on rocks, trees, and soil where they are noticed by scientists and the public alike. More than 17,000 lichen species occur worldwide and nearly one thousand occur in New York State. While all of them are native, the futures for many are now threatened. Where can you find them? What are the resources to identify them? What are the limits of our knowledge and how can we learn more? What can we do to for the threatened species? Should we try bringing back the species we have lost? Join us to answer these questions and more.
Fernald Award Announced
Joann Hoy and Scott Bailey
This year's recipients of the New England Botanical Club's Merritt Lyndon Fernald Award are Scott W. Bailey, Joann Hoy, and Charles V. Cogbill for their paper published in Rhodora 117 (969): 1-40.
To quote the three judges on the Fernald panel: "Bailey et. al. have used a combination of good old fashioned botanical sleuthing to relocate and investigate an unusual alpine meadow first described in the literature by Fernald himself. They combined thorough work in the herbarium with meticulous and detailed work in the field. As a result, they were able to compare present conditions of the flora with notes and analyses made by Fernald and his collaborator Collins more than a century ago. Bailey, Hoy, and Cogbill have added considerable information about the chemical composition of groundwater and rock samples when analyzing the distribution and assemblage of plants in the meadow, using techniques not available at the beginning of the 20th century."