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Tripp, Erin A. [1], Lendemer, James [2], Albert, Barberán [3], Robert, Dunn [4], Noah, Fierer [3].

Correlates of Lichen Biogeography: Continental-Scale Exploration of Taxon and Trait Distributions Across the United States.

North America is a global center of lichen diversity, hosting nearly a third of all named species worldwide (i.e., ~5,300 of ~17,000 species). Yet, lichen distributions and biodiversity gradients in North America have been the focus of little empirical investigation compared to other groups of organisms. What ecological factors and functional traits structure lichen biogeography? How does urbanization and human development impact lichen communities? We harness citizen science data from continental-scale sampling of microbial communities found in dust samples on exteriors of 1,300 homes throughout the United States to explore abiotic and anthropogenic factors that contribute to lichen biogeography.

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1 - University Of Colorado Boulder, C105, Ramaley Hall, Campus Box 334, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA
2 - New York Botanic Garden, 200th Street And Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY, 10458, USA
3 - University of Colorado
4 - North Carolina State University


Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 72
Location: Salon 3/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM
Number: 72003
Abstract ID:1064
Candidate for Awards:None

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