RiverBrink Talks Online
Saturday, March 5 at 2pm
Presented by Daniel McCarthy (Associate Professor in the Dept. of Earth Sciences, Brock University)This talk provides a scientific perspective on lichen field work, to compliment the exhibition Lichen: Field Work by artist Melanie MacDonald, on view at RiverBrink until March 26th 2022.
“Lichens are usually ignored, but close-up views and paintings of their communities call attention to their amazing diversity and beauty. Lichens are pretty and amazing. Their biological makeup is complex – a merger of algae, fungus and bacteria. They are everywhere. Some live underwater, on rocks, inside rocks, on concrete, on soil and on trees. Many are highly sensitive to environmental change, some are ‘weedy’ and some are extremophiles that can tolerate air pollution, drought and extreme temperatures. Two common lichens have survived longterm exposure outside the International Space Station and there are many claims that specimens have lived for centuries.
This talk explains how I met the ‘wrong people’ and got hooked on lichens. It describes some of what I’ve learned and done with lichens. This includes an explanation of how anyone with a plastic ruler and almost no knowledge of lichens can assign reasonably accurate ages to glacier retreat in the Canadian Rockies. It also describes how ‘citizen scientists’ identified tree dwelling lichens and used them to estimate urban air quality in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe. Finally, you’ll see how my 25yr long repeat photography project has challenged “pseudoscience” and very accurately documented lichen growth and survival.”
Saturday March 5, 2pm | Online via Zoom
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RiverBrink Art Museum Inc.
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