The University Press of Colorado recently published “Field Guide to the Lichens of White Rocks” by Erin A. Tripp, an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and curator of botany at the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The book examines the lichens that occur at an outcropping of Fox Hills sandstone known as White Rocks Nature Preserve in Boulder County. The illustrated field guide is one of the only complete lichen inventories of a sandstone formation in North America and covers all constituents including the crustose microlichen biota, traditionally excluded from other inventories, according to the University of Colorado Press.
Tripp recently found never-before-seen lichens at White Rocks Open Space. She is the recipient of the 2011 George R. Cooley Award from the Botanical Society of America.