Research and characterize the nature of the lichen symbiosis.
Develop a working knowledge of lichen biology.
Demonstrate an understanding of the role of lichens as biomonitors of air quality.
Develop basic skills for collecting, processing, and identifying lichens.
Develop basic skills with:
- Thin-layer chromatography – lichen secondary chemistry.
- Molecular techniques – to characterize genetic patterns and relationships at the population level.
Prepare research manuscripts for review and publication consideration.
Present a research proposal for a project using lichens as air quality biomonitors.