Land of the Lichen with Science Friday and World Forestry Center
March 28 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm$15
On March 28th, come explore the fuzzy and funky world of lichens.
Portland, we’ve really taken a lichen to you. That’s why we’re coming to the World Forestry Center for a day full of those fuzzy growths on trees, roofs and gravestones: lichens! Join Science Friday and the World Forestry Center as we highlight these special symbiotic organisms. Meet experts in the forests, see select specimens from near and far, and maybe even discover your favorite lichen that you didn’t know existed.
This event will feature an on-stage presentation and interactive stations. Come early to stop by all the tables!
Meet the Experts
Sarah Jovan is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Portland, Oregon. She uses bioindicator data in collaboration with air quality managers, regulators, land managers, and local universities to inform policy, track emissions sources, and establish management guidelines.
Hannah Prather is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Ramirez Lab at Reed College. She received her PhD from Portland State University, researching the human impacts on biodiversity and ecology in the urban communities of lichen and moss (they’re important too!).
Ed Jahn is the Executive Editor for Science and Environment as well as the Executive Producer of OPB’s outdoor program, “Oregon Field Guide.” He is a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and an advocate and teacher of better science communication.
Interactive Station Hosts
- The Museum of Natural History at Portland State University
- Northwest Lichenologists
- Hoyt Arboretum
- Maysa Miller from Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
Included with your event ticket is free admission to the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. the day of the event.
Event attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a post-event nature walk through the Hoyt Arboretum with one of their knowledgeable volunteers. Tours run about 90 minutes and explore a variety of themes.
World Forestry Center’s Miller Hall is ADA accessible. Please inquire for any special assistance needs.