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Written by three of the country's foremost lichen specialists, this volume lifts the shroud of mystery that has surrounded the lichen biota of the Smokies and reveals that lichen diversity in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the greatest of any American national park. Included in this treatment are: a revised and annotated checklist; comprehensive keys to all 804 known species of lichenized, lichenicolous, and allied fungi in the Park; extensive ecological notes on noteworthy discoveries; discussion of records for new and interesting taxa; formal descriptions of two genera and 12 species new to science; color micrographs illustrating all new genera and species; and distribution maps for selected species.
Dr. James Lendemer was born in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he earned his B.A. in 2006. He attended graduate school through a joint program of the City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden, both in New York City where he received his M.Phil. in 2010 and his Ph.D. in 2012. His graduate work examined the evolutionary biology and taxonomy of sterile asexually reproducing crustose lichens. a highly specialized group of fungi long neglected by lichenologists. For nearly a decade before arriving at The New York Botanical Garden, he was associated with the Botany Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. There he studied historical botany, nomenclature, and paleobotany before developing an interest in lichens and beginning extensive floristic studies that continue today. His research focuses primarily on conducting large-scale, intensive inventories of lichen biodiversity and using the results of these studies to inform taxonomy, understand lichen biogeography and ecology, and ultimately develop and implement conservation management policy. James C. Lendemer's Author Page
Dr. Richard Clinton Harris was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended Oberlin College, where he earned his B.S. in 1962. He went to graduate school at Michigan State University, where he received his M.S. in 1966 and his Ph.D. in 1975, working with Henry Imshaug. He has been at The New York Botanical Garden since 1979. His major research emphasis is on the taxonomy and floristics of the lichens of eastern North America. He also has worked extensively on the lichen biota of the eotropics. The pyrenolichens have been the group which has occupied much of his monographic research. Floristically he has focused on Florida, the Ozarks and eastern North America in general. It was his impetus that began a series of lichen workshops for amateurs, the Tuckerman Lichen Workshops, which in 2001 earned him the Peter Raven Award for public outreach by the American Society of Plant Taxonomist. Richard C. Harris's Author Page
Dr. Erin A. Tripp spent her childhood years among the Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee River bluffs and prairies of Illinois, Nebraska, and Alabama. She attended The University of North Carolina at Asheville and earned a B.A. in Biology in 2002. After a one-year internship at The Academy of Natural Sciences (PH Herbarium) and The Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, PA, she enrolled in graduate school at Duke University (Durham, NC) in 2003 and earned a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2008. Erin was a postdoctoral research scientist at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California from 2008-2012. In 2013, she transitioned to the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she serves as Curator of Botany (COLO Herbarium) of the CU Museum of Natural History as well as Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EBIO). Erin is a biodiversity scientist whose research focuses on the diversity and evolution of flowering plants as well as lichens. Her plant work emphasizes the large and mostly tropical family Acanthaceae (> 4,000 species), for which she has traveled extensively to international destinations to collect plants and collaborate with colleagues. Her research on the genetics and morphology of a remarkable genus of Acanthaceae earned her the 2011 George R. Cooley Award for best systematics paper presented by a young scientist at the annual American Botany Conference (St. Louis, MO). Additionally, in collaboration with Biological Diversity of the Guianas Program (Smithsonian Institution), Erin has participated in or co-led numerous plant collecting expeditions to the geographically inaccessible tepuis of northern South America (Mt. Ayanganna, Mt. Wokomung, Mt. Maringma, Kamakusa Tepui), thus contributing to primary documentation and eventual conservation of this highly endemic flora. Closer to home, she is keenly interested in discovery, documentation, and conservation of the North American lichen biota, in particular, of "her old favorite and n Erin A. Tripp's Author Page