Gothamie will describe what lichens are and talk about how they are collected and studied.
Gothamie is a Senior Curator of Lichens and Slime Moulds. Her research interests are focused on the taxonomy and ecology of tropical lichens, bioindication and conservation of lichenised fungi in endangered habitats. Her main responsibility as the Senior Curator of British, General and Historical herbaria is to manage and develop one of the world’s largest lichen collections, lichenicolous fungi and slime moulds with app. 450,000 specimens.
She is interested in making the collections available for both scientific and historical research and has spent much time in the field in South and South East Asia observing lichens in their native habitats and described more than 75 new lichen species, mostly in Graphidaceae from the Old World tropics, during this time she has been privileged to visit many countries and to work with many colleagues overseas.
Dr Gothamie Weerakoon, Senior Curator Lichens and Slime Moulds, Natural History Museum
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