Lab & Field Research
Forest Health & Succession
Lichen species are a small, but important, part of our eastern forest ecosystem. Like other organisms, the biodiversity of lichen and their response to the environment may inform us about overall forest health and succession. Unlike others, though, foliose lichen can accumulate airborne heavy metal particulates in their tissues, and so also serve as historians for regional air quality conditions. This research program, headed by Dr. Linda MK Johnson, involving sustainability and environmental science students aims to investigate and record lichen species diversity in areas of western PA, such as Powdermill Nature Reserve and Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus.
Science Faculty Research Interests
From atmospheric particles to the human mind, footprints that reveal our evolutionary past, to molecular signatures that determine our future, join our science faculty on their journeys of discovery.Explore Science Faculty Research : Checkerboard 4 - Science Faculty Research Interests