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  • 15 Jul 2018 5:00 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    This is a rare event: the Symbiosis meeting in Corvallis! Take advantage of this opportunity to hear what is happening on the forefront of research on symbioses, including lichens. Note that two distinguished scientists with lichenological pedigrees are plenary speakers: Betsy Arnold and Toby Spribille.


    July 15-20, 2018


    The ISS Congress is the sanctioned meeting of the International Symbiosis Society and is held every three years. It is the primary international meeting focusing on symbioses, including complex interactions between hosts and their microbiomes. The Congress is anticipated to bring together 400 symbiosis scientists from up to 20 nations to present the latest research in symbioses, their ubiquity in nature and their impact on all environments on the planet.


    Please visit the ISS Congress 2018 website for more information on the meeting.

    Follow ISS Congress 2018 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

    Abstract submission: January 1 – March 1. 2018

    Registration begins: February 15, 2018

    The Congress will be organized around a series of cross-cutting themes:

    • Susceptibility and resilience of symbioses in the Anthropocene
    • Ecology of symbioses
    • Mechanisms of host-microbiome interactions
    • The host-microbe interface: signaling, recognition and regulation
    • Tinkering with symbiosis: experimental insights into host-symbiont systems
    • Rise and fall of symbiosis: evolutionary transitions
    • New tools and approaches for studying symbiosis

    Keynote speaker: Ed Yong, science writer and author of the book on symbiosis: I Contain Multitudes

    Plenary speakers

    • Betsy Arnold, U. of Arizona, USA
    • Ruth Gates, University of Hawaii, USA
    • Margaret McFall-Ngai, University of Hawaii, USA
    • Joel Sachs, University of California at Riverside, USA
    • Toby Spribille, University of Alberta, Canada
    • Liping Zhao, Rutgers University, USA, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

    Some travel awards will be available to students

    Consider submitting your work to Symbiosis, the journal of the ISS.

    Watch the website and follow social media for updates.


  • 11 Apr 2018 7:00 PM | Katherine Glew

    The South Sound Chapter of the WA Native Plant Society will host a presentation on lichens by Dr. Katherine Glew from the University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum of Natural History.


    Dr. Glew will introduce lichens through photos and field material. The importance of lichens in the forest and all environments will be discussed. Lichens are part of most ecosystems and contribute nutrients from which other plants can benefit.


    Fun lichen facts will be shared, such as using them for creating the dyes in Scottish kilts and the making of lichen schnapps in Iceland. Did you know that lichens can be used as indicators of air pollution? They also have medicinal properties that have been use over centuries. Join me in discovering these fascinating fungi that form partnerships with green algae and cyanobacteria.


  • 10 Feb 2018 11:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    The Rockport Interpretive Center, along Hwy 20, will host a presentation on lichens by Dr. Katherine Glew, Associate Curator from the University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum of Natural History.

    Dr. Glew will introduce lichens through photos and live material. The importance of lichens in the forest and all environments will be discussed. We will walk through the forest to view lichens​ on rocks and hanging from trees.


    Fun lichen facts will be shared, such as using them for creating the dyes in Scottish kilts and the making of lichen schnapps in Iceland. Did you know that lichens can be used as indicators of air pollution? They also have medicinal properties that have been use over centuries. Join me in discovering these fascinating fungi that form partnerships with green algae and cyanobacteria.


    Bring water and a snack. Dress for rain - frequently occurring in Rockport at that time of the year.  ;-)

  • 06 Sep 2017 9:21 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Registration is now available for the 2017 certification in macrolichens west of the Cascade crest.  This year it will be in western Washington. This is always a fun event -- sign up for either the training side or the certification itself. See Events for more information.

  • 10 Aug 2017 7:30 PM | Katherine Glew

    Discovering Lichens


    Lichens are a vital yet overlooked part of the ecology in our local environment.  Dr. Katherine Glew is the Associate Curator of lichens at the University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum. She will discuss lichens; explain what they are, how they grow, and provide a list of the common types found in our forests.  She will also address common urban lichens and what their presence/absence can tell us about plants and air quality.


    Location:
    Chico Alliance Church, 3670 Chico Way NW Bremerton, WA.



  • 11 Jun 2017 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    LICHENS: MYSTERIOUS FUNGI OF THE FOREST

     

    Dr. Katherine Glew will lead a lichen tour in the Cedar River Watershed, east of Seattle to introduce you to the fascinating lichens of the forest. If you have wondered about what a lichen is and why they are in the forest, this will be a great opportunity to view the lichen diversity in the watershed and learn the names of our most common species. There will be a short classroom session, followed by visits in the watershed, identifying and studying specimens collected from various forest habitats.

     

    Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Time: 10am to 3pm

    Bring: a hand lens and a few paper bags for collecting.

  • 09 May 2017 7:00 PM | Katherine Glew
    The Fascinating World of Lichens

    Talk presented by Katherine Glew.

    Katherine will discuss what lichens are, how they grow, where they are found, and the common types found in our urban and wild habitats.

  • 08 Apr 2017 4:56 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the Lichens and People photo contest of 2017.


    The winner is the Lichen Desperados in the Blue Mountains by Terri Knoke, who will receive our Letharia-logo hat and cloth patch. First runner-up: Children admiring saxicolous lichens by Rabah Khedim. Second runner-up:Lichen mandala by Nathanial Stewart.


    See the winning photos at the bottom of the NW Lichenologists main page.


  • 29 Mar 2017 7:26 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    The latest issue of Kelseya (journal of the Montana Native Plant Society, spring 2017) has a report on our activities at the Milton Ranch in eastern Montana, "Exploring Mosses and Lichens in Musselshell County" by Andrea Pipp. Andrea organized a great event for us in an ecosystem that was unfamiliar to many of us but rich in lichens.


    Eventually this issue will be freely available at the MNPS website:

    http://www.mtnativeplants.org


    Support your Native Plant Societies! They support us.


  • 14 Feb 2017 10:27 AM | daphne stone

    Printing more Letharia shirts!

     

    Pre-orders due by March 3, 2017.

     

    If you want to be sure you get what you want, please contact Daphne Stone at daphstone@gmail.com and let me know size, color and style.

     

    The styles we will be reprinting are:

    regular T in black and blue, sizes S-XXL

    women's T (narrower ribbing and slimmer cut) sizes S-XL

    black hoodie, zip-front  sweatshirts. sizes S-XXL

    women's black zip-front hoodie S (one size smaller than men's S)

     

    Also, if you want something different, for instance a green shirt or a long-sleeve, I can order whatever you want. Most shirts will cost the same as our T's, and I can let you know if the price is different before we order.


    We will not be reprinting the Lycan design but still have limited stock.

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