Sunday, July 28, 2013

Beatrix Potter

Today is the 147th birthday of Beatrix Potter.  Although she is best know for her books geared toward children, she was also an amateur mycologist/lichenologist and produced many drawings of fungi.  Here is one lichen drawing that she did.  She was also a big proponent of the dual nature of lichens (i.e., that they represent a symbiosis of fungi and algae), which was still controversial in her day.  You can read more about her scientific pursuits here!