North American Lichens and Bryophytes - Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change
- 1 Digitization TCN: North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change
- 2 PENs
- 2.1 Digitization PEN: Digitization of North American Bryophyte and Lichen Specimens from Florida Herbaria
- 2.2 Digitization PEN: Addressing Colorado Lichens and Bryophytes as Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change
- 2.3 Digitization PEN: Digitization of two Important Medium-sized Collections to Join the North American Bryophytes and Lichens TCN
- 2.4 Digitization PEN: Digitization of North American Bryophyte and Lichen Specimens from Two Ohio Herbaria at the University of Cincinnati (CINC)
Digitization TCN: North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change
|Lichens & Bryophytes TCN|
Lichens and bryophytes (mosses and their relatives) are sensitive indicators of environmental change, and are dominant organisms in arctic-alpine and desert habitats, where the effects of climate change are well-documented. This project will image about 2.3 million North American lichen and bryophyte specimens from more than 60 collections to address questions of how species distributions change after major environmental events, both in the past and projected into the future. Large-scale distribution mapping will help identify regions where such changes are likely, fostering programs designed to protect these organisms. Awardees plan to build and enhance a national volunteer community, and provide online seminars, extensive online training materials, and local workshops and field trips.
Research questions proposed:
Flora projects include:
Project Websites & Social Media
Lichens, Bryophytes and Climate Change Website http://lbcc1.acis.ufl.edu
Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria Portal http://lichenportal.org
Consortium of North American Bryophyte Herbaria Portal http://bryophyteportal.org
Citizen Science & Outreach Projects
Project Sponsor: University of Wisconsin - Madison (NSF Award 1115116)
Principal Investigators (PIs): Corinna Gries (PI), Thomas Nash (Co-PI)
Collaborating Award PIs:
Andrew Miller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Edward Schilling, University of Tennessee Knoxville; Meredith Blackwell, Louisiana State University & Agricultural and Mechanical College; Donald Pfister, Harvard University; Francois Lutzoni, Duke University; Robert Lücking, Field Museum of Natural History; Bruce Allen, Missouri Botanical Garden; Timothy James, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Larry St.Clair, Brigham Young University; Stefanie Ickert-Bond, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; William Buck, New York Botanical Garden; John Freudenstein, Ohio State University; Tatyana Livschultz, Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia; David Giblin, University of Washington; Alan Fryday, Michigan State University; Brent Mishler, University of California, Berkeley
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (NSF Award 1115131)
Boise State University
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Brigham Young University (NSF Award 1115038)
California Academy of Science
Drexel University, Academy of Natural Sciences
Duke University (NSF Award 1115001)
Field Museum of Natural History (NSF Award 1115002)
Harvard University, Farlow Herbarium (NSF Award 1114957)
Idaho State University
Louisiana State University & Agricultural and Mechanical College (NSF Award 1114928)
Michigan State University (NSF Award 1115183)
Michigan Technological University
Missouri Botanical Garden (NSF Award 1115026)
Montana State University
New York Botanical Garden (NSF Award 1115086)
North Dakota State University, T. L. Esslinger Herbarium
Ohio State University (NSF Award 1115105)
Oregon State University
Pittsburg State University (Kansas)
San Francisco State University
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Southern Illinois University
State University of New York, Binghamton
University of Alaska, Museum of the North (NSF Award 1115056)
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California, Berkeley (NSF Award 1115189)
University of Connecticut
University of Hawaii, Manoa
University of Idaho
University of Illinois (NSF Award 1114886)
University of Illinois, Natural History Survey
University of Maine
University of Maine at Ft. Kent
University of Michigan (NSF Award 1115030)
University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln
University of Nebraska at Kearny
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of New Hampshire
University of New Mexico
University of North Alabama
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Richmond
University of Tennessee (NSF Award 1114926)
University of Texas, El Paso
University of Vermont
University of Washington (NSF Award 1115161 )
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
University of Wyoming Rocky Mountain Herbarium
Utah Valley University
West Virginia University
Western Washington University
Yale University, Peabody Museum
Arizona State University
Evergreen Natural History Museum
Indiana University Herbarium
Iowa State University
Natural History Museum of Denmark: The Herbarium of Lichens
National Herbarium of Canada
Patricia Ledlie Herbarium
Uppsala University Exsiccati
University of Kansas
University of Nebraska, Omaha
University of North Carolina, Asheville
Utah State University, Intermountain Herbarium
Valdosta State University
Protocols & Workflows
Gries, Corinna, Edward E. Gilbert, and Nico M. Franz. “Symbiota – A Virtual Platform for Creating Voucher-Based Biodiversity Information Communities.” Biodiversity Data Journal 2, no. 2 (2014): e1114. [http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.3897/BDJ.2.e1114.
Hodkinson, Brendan P. “An Evolving Phylogenetically Based Taxonomy of Lichens and Allied Fungi.” Opuscula Philolichenum 11 (2012): 4–10.
Hodkinson, Brendan P., and James C. Lendemer. “Phylogeny and Taxonomy of an Enigmatic Sterile Lichen.” Systematic Botany 37, no. 4 (2012): 835–44. doi:10.1600/036364412X656536.
———. “The Orders of Ostropomycetidae (Lecanoromycetes, Ascomycota): Recognition of Sarrameanales and Trapeliales with a Request to Retain Pertusariales over Agyriales.” Phytologia 93, no. 3 (2011): 407–12.
Lendemer, James C., and Brendan P. Hodkinson. “A Radical Shift in the Taxonomy of Lepraria S.l.: Molecular and Morphological Studies Shed New Light on the Evolution of Asexuality and Lichen Growth Form Diversification.” Mycologia 105, no. 4 (2013): 994–1018. doi:10.3852/12-338.
Matsunaga, Andréa, Alex Thompson, Renato J. Figueiredo, Charlotte C. Germain-Aubrey, Matthew Collins, Reed S. Beaman, Bruce J. MacFadden, et al. “A Computational- and Storage-Cloud for Integration of Biodiversity Collections.” Proceedings - IEEE 9th International Conference on E-Science, E-Science 2013, 2013, 78–87. doi:10.1109/eScience.2013.48.
Nash, Thomas H., and John Brinda. “Digitizing North American Lichen and Bryophyte Specimens in US Institutions.” Evansia 29, no. 4 (December 2012): 115–115. doi:10.1639/079.029.0405.
Nebel, Martin, Lars Söderström, Anders Hagborg, and Matt von Konrat. “Notes on Early Land Plants Today. 28. Transfers of Some Taxa to Lobatiriccardia (Aneuraceae, Marchantiophyta).” Phytotaxa 81, no. 1 (2013): 10–11. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.81.1.6.
Söderström, L., Jiří Váňa, Anders Hagborg, and Matt von Konrat. “Notes on Early Land Plants Today. 35. Notes on Lophoziaceae (Marchantiophyta).” Phytotaxa 97, no. 2 (2013): 27–35. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.97.2.
Söderström, Lars, Barbara Crandall-Stotler, Raymond E Stotler, Jiří Váňa, Anders Hagborg, and Matt von Konrat. “Notes on Early Land Plants Today. 36. Generic Treatment of Lophocoleaceae (Marchantiophyta).” Phytotaxa 97, no. 2 (2013): 36–43. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.97.2.3.
Söderström, Lars, Jiří Váňa, Barbara Crandall-Stotler, Raymond E Stotler, Anders Hagborg, and Matt von Konrat. “Notes on Early Land Plants Today. 43. New Combinations in Lophocoleaceae (Marchantiophyta) New Combinations in Cryptolophocolea.” Phytotaxa 112, no. 1 (2013): 18–32. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.112.1.4.
Söderström, Lars, Jiří Váňa, Anders Hagborg, and Matt von Konrat. “Notes on Early Land Plants Today. 31. Lophonardia Replaces Hypolophozia (Cephaloziellaceae, Marchantiophyta).” Phytotaxa 81, no. 1 (2013): 19–21. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.81.1.7.
Váňa, Jiří, Lars Söderström, Anders Hagborg, and Matt von Konrat. “Notes on Early Land Plants Today. 60. Circumscription of Gymnomitriaceae (Marchantiophyta).” Phytotaxa 183, no. 4 (2014): 287–89. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.112.1.1.
———. “Notes on Early Land Plants Today. 61. New Synonyms and New Combinations in Cephaloziaceae and Cephaloziellaceae (Marchantiophyta).” Phytotaxa 183, no. 9 (2014): 290–92. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.81.1.8.
Zhu, Rui-liang, Yu-mei Wei, Lars Söderström, Anders Hagborg, and Matt von Konrat. “Notes on Early Land Plants Today.25. Lejeunea Soae , a New Name for Lejeunea Chinensis, Hom. Illeg. (Lejeuneaceae, Marchantiophyta).” Phytotaxa 81, no. 30825004 (2013): 1–2. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.81.1.1.
Other project documentation
Digitization PEN: Digitization of North American Bryophyte and Lichen Specimens from Florida Herbaria
This award joins the ongoing Thematic Collections Network project on North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change. In this Network, individual projects provide extensive documentation on the role of bryophytes and lichens in ecosystems, groups known to be sensitive to the immediate microhabitat and to environmental changes of many kinds, both physical and chemical, and which respond rapidly to such changes. Bryophytes and lichens have been featured in studies of acid rain, climate warming or drying, grazing pressure, water quality, and ecological continuity. The addition of specimen data from Florida herbaria to the ongoing TCN Lichen/Bryophyte database will significantly enhance holdings from Florida. Additionally, models developed from these digitized data will aid future mapping projections of large scale species distributions and identification of biodiversity hotspots as prime candidates for protection. The environment in Florida is experiencing rapid change due to development and climate change. These data will help to elucidate regions where changes are imminent and likely to have substantial impact in Florida. The data will also facilitate proactive initiatives to alleviate such changes. Florida includes subtropical and tropical communities, contrasting with the temperate and boreal communities represented in more northern herbaria that are part of the Network.
Project Sponsor: University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History (NSF Award 1206394)
Principal Investigator (PI): Norris Williams
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
University of Central Florida
University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History
University of South Florida
University of West Florida
Project website: Digitization of Lichens and Bryophytes at the UF Herbarium (FLAS)
Digitization PEN: Addressing Colorado Lichens and Bryophytes as Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change
This award joins the ongoing Thematic Collections Network project on "North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change". The primary goal of this project is to image label data from the 100,000 North American bryophyte (mosses) and lichen specimens held at the University of Colorado Herbarium (COLO). The main scientific questions to be addressed from these efforts are: (1) How are changes in distribution patterns of lichens and bryophytes over time correlated with man-made environmental changes? (2) Can mapping of specimens document such changes, and can these organisms be used as bioindicators to focus our attention on steps needed to maintain a healthy environment? Natural history museums and herbaria serve as storehouses for plant and animal specimens collected over generations of scientific investigation. Collections are the basis for our understanding of life's diversity in all its abundance and variation across nature. The collections from Colorado will add information about high altitude lichens and bryophytes and will fill a gap for the original network.
With uncertainty surrounding future impacts from human climate disruption, the value of efforts such as these will only grow over time. Future scientists and policy makers will be indebted to those who expedite access to the objective records of voucher specimens documenting the presence of particular species at a particular place at a particular time. COLO views this proposal not only as a commitment to fill a significant gap in the national project's goal to digitize the bulk of North American collection in US herbaria, but also as an opportunity to advance efforts within museums and herbaria to train and support the next generation of curatorial professionals, offering opportunities for several undergraduate students as interns. Volunteers from the public community will be trained, and the museum will develop exhibits as a part of public outreach. This award is made as part of the National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections through the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program and all data resulting from this award will be available through the national resource (https://www.idigbio.org).
Project Sponsor: University of Colorado at Boulder (NSF Award 1205084)
Principal Investigator (PI): Timothy Hogan
Project Collaborators: University of Colorado
Digitization PEN: Digitization of two Important Medium-sized Collections to Join the North American Bryophytes and Lichens TCN
An award is made to join the University of Minnesota (MIN) and the Yale University (YU) herbaria to the North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change Thematic Collections Network (LBCC TCN). A total of 91,300 lichen and bryophyte specimens will be imaged and georeferenced. Historical records of lichens and bryophytes, along with geographic coordinates of collecting localities, are ideally suited for investigating a variety of questions related to global environmental change. The collections included in this PEN are each important regional repositories of North American specimens, and digitizing them will fill a considerable gap in the TCN's goal of digitizing nearly all lichen and bryophyte specimens in North America and add historically important specimens.
Data resulting from this project will be of immediate use to scientists who study how ecosystems respond to climate change and who use lichens and bryophytes as indicators of air quality. Societal benefits of this work include improved understanding of what causes ecosystem change and how environmental change may affect human health, our economy, and our environment. This project introduces a new generation of students to museum collections by offering internships to high school students of diverse backgrounds and by involving undergraduates and graduate students in project activities. This award is made as part of the National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections through the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program and all data resulting from this award will be available through https://www.idigbio.org.
Project Sponsor: Yale University (NSF Award 1304941)
Principal Investigators (PIs): Patrick Sweeney (PI), Michael Donoghue (Co-PI)
Digitization PEN: Digitization of North American Bryophyte and Lichen Specimens from Two Ohio Herbaria at the University of Cincinnati (CINC)
This project joins the ongoing Thematic Collections Network project "North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change". The project will contribute label data for approximately 107,000 specimens from North America. Both herbaria included in this PEN are especially rich in 18th to early 20th Century collections which will fill an important gap in attaining the TCN's goals. These organisms are known to be highly sensitive to environmental changes and, accordingly this data, will support future research on environmental changes during this period of history which may influence distributional patterns of lichens and bryophytes over time. Other research projects, that use map-based analyses of historical vs. present-day data, could address questions such as, can these hyper-sensitive organisms be used as early warning bioindicators to highlight the early causes and effects of environmental change? In addition, exposure of these historical specimens and their data will be useful for studies of changes in the local vegetation.
The results of this project will be useful to society by increasing our understanding and our ability for early detection of the causal factors and resulting patterns of environmental quality including, for example, changes in air and water quality. This project will provide experience in museum curation and database management to undergraduate and graduate students. Outreach will include design and implementation of pre-K and 1st grade activities to introduce young students to new colors, textures of the strange and interesting things in the natural world, and the idea that all organisms are important. This award is made as part of the National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections through the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program and all data resulting from this award will be available through the National Resource (iDigBio.org).
Project Sponsor: University of Cincinnati Main Campus (NSF Award 1410548)
Principal Investigators (PIs): Eric Tepe (PI), Steven Rogstad (Co-PI), Corinna Gries (Co-PI), Theresa Culley (Co-PI)