EWU receives grant to study lichens role measuring climate impacts

CHENEY - Eastern Washington University's Jessica Allen has received more than $625,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund her part in the Central Appalachian Lichen Project, an investigation into how various factors, both natural and man-made, may have influenced the prevalence and distribution of the region's lichen species.

Allen, an assistant professor of biology, says the project will help scientists leverage lichens' role as uniquely effective barometers of environmental impacts and climate change.

"Lichens are super sensitive indicators, compared to other groups of organi...


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