2019 SOMA Wild Mushroom Camp

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Faculty Biographies

Shelly Benson

Shelly Benson is the president of the California Lichen Society (CALS) and has been studying lichens for the past 16 years.  She received a Master of Science degree in 2001 from the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada, where she studied lichen ecology in the canopy of old growth forests in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  She worked on several lichen inventories in the San Francisco Bay Area and has led numerous lichen walks for CALS.  Shelly is interested in using lichens as indicators for air quality and climate change.