Safford Lab's Jesse Miller co-leads most comprehensive lichen recolonization study

Old-growth lichens attach themselves to a tree branch at the Quail Ridge Reserve. A UC Davis study highlights the value of old-growth chaparral systems to local biodiversity. (Jesse Miller)

Frequent Fire Narrows Recovery Window for Lichens in Chaparral Shrublands

Lichen communities may take decades — and in some cases up to a century — to fully return to chaparral ecosystems after wildfire, finds a study from the University of California, Davis, and Stanford University. 

The study, published today in the journal Diversity and Distributions, is the most comprehensive to date of long-term lichen recolonization after fire. 


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