February 13, 2016 SCHEDULE 9:30-10:15 - Meet at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics for a tour of the new facility, including the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario Herbarium.
10:15-10:30 - Walk over to the new science complex (room 3315)and get microscopes stations set-up. 10:30-11:30 – Lecture - An introduction to lichen and lichen identification. Bring a book or paper to make notes. 11:30-12:00 - Training with microscopes and chemical preparation, bring a lighter if you have one. 12:00-13:00 – Guided identifications. A key to the common lichens of southern Ontario will be provided along with specimens. We will all walk through the identification of the same species as a group to get you familiar with the keys and important lichen features. 13:00-14:00 - Lunch, bring your own, or there is food on campus. Attached is list of the campus options available on Saturdays. You will also have time to drive to nearby restaurants if you prefer. The campus bookstore will be open at this time as well. It has a good collection of botanical literature. 14:00-14:20 – A short lecture on lichen identification. 14:20-16:30 - Independent identifications. Work through different specimens on your own. I will assist everyone individually. Specimens will be available to work on, but I encourage you to bring your own. Specimens from your own projects, special places, or your backyard will resonate with you more than mine and it will help you to become more familiar with them in the field when you know where they came from. 16:30-16:45 – Optional. A walk around campus to look at lichen on the trees. Here are some pre-workshop readings: http://www.uoguelph.ca/arboretum/collectionsandresearch/troymcmullin.shtml http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/blog/lichen-10-reasons-to-make-it.html?referrer=https://www.facebook.com/#.Vp5yf5orIdU This is a list of all the lichen species known from the Arboretum at the University of Guelph: http://www.uoguelph.ca/arboretum/collectionsandresearch/biodiversitylichens.shtml These are the species we will be looking at predominantly. The Arboretum study was published - the pdf is attached. A limited number of these books will be available for purchase: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=775b44cb5a817c9bd893346bc&id=2f08786395&e=c806bc54d4 Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions: email@example.com