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:
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.]