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Lichens are the predominant vegetation in the arctic environment, but the literature on them has remained scattered until now. This broad compendium, based on extensive field investigations, covers more than 500 species of lichens occurring on the North Slope of Alaska. It gives keys to the genera and species as well as succinct descriptions of the species, including information on the ecology and range of each. The book covers a specific area but, as the majority of species included are circumpolar, it will be useful in investigations extending far beyond the borders of Alaska.
This is the only detailed lichen guide and key for any region of arctic North America and will be an indispensable reference work for lichenologists, botanists, mycologists, and ecologists alike.
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JOHN W. THOMSON, born in Scotland, attended university in the Untied States. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at the Pennsylvania State College Nature Camp, Brooklyn College, State Teachers College in Wisconsin, and the Univeristy of Wisconsin. He had many summers of botanical experience throughout the Arctic region and was a member of the Arctic Institute of North America and the International Society of Plant Taxonomists. He was Chairman and Professor in the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin.