Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Claire Donahue

Determining the elevational limits of Letharia lichen in the California Sierra Nevada

Lichens are one of many organisms that thrive as a result of symbiosis. These organisms are formed through a symbiotic relationship between a fungus, the mycobiont, and an algae or a cyanobacteria, the photobiont.This project will investigate the elevational limits of one common lichen species, Letharia columbiana, in the Sierra Nevadas through a manipulative transplantation experiment. I will measure the growth, photosynthetic yield, and symbiotic nutrient exchange of lichens transplanted to three distinct elevations.



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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pursue ecological research both in the lab and in the field.
Major: Molecular Environmental Biology
Mentor: Klara Scharnagl, University and Jespson Herbaria
Sponsor: Chandra Research Fellows Fund
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