Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Eagle Summit, Alaska

The summer before last I traveled to Alaska in search of lichens.  It was an amazing trip!  There were lichens aplenty (in terms of biomass); however, there was noticeably less diversity than one might find in temperate regions or, of course, tropical regions.  This did not diminish my excitement when I saw the lichens of the tundra piled high on top of one another all along the ground.  Here are just a few photos of the amazing lichens of Eagle Summit, near Fairbanks, Alaska:

Masonhalea richardsonii

Solorina crocea

Ophioparma ventosa

Dactylina arctica

Alectoria ochroleuca

Flavocetraria cucullata

Thamnolia vermicularis

Cladonia pleurota

Sphaerophorus globosus

Stay tuned for more photos from some of the other sites that I visited in Alaska!


[Funding for this excursion was provided by NSF Award DEB-0640956.]

1 comment:

  1. Those are some amazing pictures! Looking forward to seeing more.