Moss workshop repeated at the Hutchinson Center

Posted Oct. 21, 2011, at 9:33 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The workshop, Mosses and Their Relatives, will be offered again 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Hutchinson Center. It is co-sponsored by the Hutchinson Center Science Program and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and will be taught by Dr. Alison Dibble. Participants will collect mosses in the field, and then work in the Hutchinson Center biology lab to identify samples using microscopes.

We will discuss identification techniques, the anatomy, life cycle, and ecology of mosses, and major moss and liverwort groups. The workshop is designed for beginners and enthusiastic amateur naturalists. No prior knowledge about mosses or microscopes is necessary. Participants may want to bring their digital camera, boots and a hand lens.

Dibble holds a doctoral degree in plant science and a master’s degree in botany from the University of Maine, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Hartwick College. She has held many positions in the field of botany, including assistant research professor at the University of Maine, seasonal contractor for the U.S. Forest Service, and a consulting ecologist funded by the Northern States Research Council. Most recently, she worked as a guest instructor at College of the Atlantic teaching lichen biology.

The cost of the workshop is $45 and includes lab supplies and a healthy snack. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. To register for the Mosses and Their Relatives workshop, call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000, or visit http://www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu] www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu. To inquire about the availability of partial scholarships, call the Science Program office at 338-8038.

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