Webinar: What's a Lichen?
The Zoom webinar with Lichenologist Manuela Dal Forno aired April 16, 2020, as part of the Smithsonian Science How series. Watch a recording in the player above.
Lichenologist Manuela Dal Forno explains the special symbiotic relationship inside each lichen and shows the different steps she takes to study lichens: finding them in nature, looking at them under a microscope, and analyzing their DNA.
- Video: What's a Lichen? How a Smithsonian Scientist Studies a Unique Symbiosis
- Smithsonian Learning Lab Collection: What's a Lichen?
- Worksheet: How to Identify a Lichen
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- 3-LS2-1: Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
- 3-LS3-1: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
- 3-LS3-2: Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
- 3-LS4-3: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
- 4-LS1-1: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
- 5-LS1-1: Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
- 5-LS2-1: Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
- MS-LS1-5: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
- MS-LS1-6: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
- MS-LS2-4: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.