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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
Erin A. Tripp is based at The University of Colorado Boulder and there serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as Curator of Botany in the Museum of Natural History. Dr. Tripp is an evolutionary biologist and systematist, and her research emphasizes the diversity and distributions of flowering plants as well as lichens. Erin's botanical interests center around the tropical plant family Acanthaceae, especially the genus Ruellia, for which she has traveled extensively around the world to understand the ecology and natural history of ca. 400 species in the genus. She maintains a long-term research program focused on lichen biodiversity, primarily in the southern Appalachian Mountains but more recently also in Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running in the southern Rocky Mountains and learning to fly airplanes. She lives in the mountains above Boulder. Erin A. Tripp's Author Page