Video Webcast - What's a Lichen? How a Smithsonian Scientist Studies a Unique Symbiosis with Manuela Dal Forno
Video Webcast - What's a Lichen? How a Smithsonian Scientist Studies a Unique Symbiosis with Manuela Dal Forno
WhenThursday, November 14, 2019, 11 – 11:30 AM
CategoriesWebcasts & Online
SponsorNatural History Museum
VenueNatural History Museum
Event LocationOnline; Internet connection required…
CostFree, but registration is requested. Click the "sign up" button to register.
Related EventsRepeats at 2pm ET.

Lichens are all around us — on trees, rocks, and even some buildings. But, what is a lichen? And what good are they? Lichen scientist Manuela Dal Forno will help students understand the special symbiotic relationship inside each lichen. She will show students the different steps she takes to study lichens: finding them in nature, looking at them under a microscope, and analyzing their DNA. She will share why we care about lichens: Understanding the life around us is important for understanding nature and how environments are changing. For instance, many lichens are indicators of air quality and others provide habitats for insects and nest material for hummingbirds.

Throughout the broadcast, Manuela will take questions from your students via text chat and there will be opportunities for students to share what they think using live polls.

  • Standards: This webcast supports standards of learning in Life Science.
  • Skills: Throughout the program, we will emphasize the basic science skills Manuela uses that students also possess: making observations in nature, identifying patterns, working on a team, asking questions, and sharing information.

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