News

Check this section for research, grant, and press news!


October 2017. Erin is going to be teaching a new course in Maymester next year…. entitled The Lichen Biome!! The class is open (4 credits) to all CU undergrads and grads, offered thru EBIO and cross listed in the museum but also offered to the external community. Details to follow. Email Erin at erin.tripp@colorado.edu with any questions.

Co-instructors: James Lendemer, Christy McCain, Nolan Kane


Sept 2017. Erin Tripp & Herbarium colleagues Dina Clark and Ryan Allen initiate work on a 4-year NSF-ADBC TCN grant, to digitize herbarium specimens from the Southern Rocky Mountains. The COLO Herbarium is leading the grant, which has about 35 collaborators

Mat’s floristic inventory of the South San Juan Mountains was recently published – check it out here! Sharples Floristic Inventory.


August 2017: We said goodbye to the powerhouse of the Tripp Lab for the last three years, Yongbin Zhuang. We wish you the best of luck with your ventures through the US and also best wishes on your research back in China! You were great to have as a resource, a colleague, and a friend.


June 2017: Erin Tripp and co-authors publish a new perspective on phylogenetic systematics in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Annual Botany Conference! Carly, Mat, Reese, and Erin attend the annual botany conference and give presentations about their research.


May 2017. Cloe Pogoda and coauthors (Kyle Keepers, James Lendemer, Nolan Kane, Erin Tripp) submitted exciting results from their comparative study of lichen mitochondrial genome evolution for review. Fingers crossed!

Erin Tripp, James Lendemer, Christy Mccain, Carly Anderson-Stewart, and Jordan Hoffman conduct NSF Dimensions Fieldwork throughout Northern Alabama. Their efforts to document and identify lichen species and their ecologies in the Appalachian mountains continue!

Carly was recently awarded a $2300  grant to work on phylogenetics of the charismatic and diverse lichen genus Cladonia using RADseq technology. She hopes to answer some of the unanswered questions about the group’s phenotypic plasticity, species relationships, and biogeographical patterns.

Undergrad Kelsey Beckrich received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) grant PLUS a grant from the American Penstemon Society to continue research on reproductive isolation among western North American species of Penstemon. Kelsey is especially interested in floral, temporal, and pollinator behavioral traits that contribute to reproductive isolation or reproductive compatibility among various co-occuring species of Penstemon. 


April 2017. Erin Tripp and Kyle Dexter (University of Edinburgh) conducted fieldwork in Angola to build further knowledge of the natural history of Petalidium – a genus of Acanthaceae they have been studying for several years now, but primarily from the Namibian side of diversity.  Kyle and Erin managed to collect all known species of Petalidium in the Angola plus a couple of species new to science. They additionally documented several exciting, hybrid swarms. Check out the full scoop here!

Mat Sharples (aka T1) received a research grant that will fund his continuing efforts to understand biogeographical disjunctions in Stellaria, which is one of the primary focuses of his graduate studies.


March 2017. Erin Tripp and James Lendemer, several professional and amateur lichenologists, and students from across the USA attended the annual lichen “Tuckerman Workshop” to build new knowledge of lichen diversity and distributions in eastern North America. The Tuckerman workshop was originally founded in 1994 by Richard Harris and William Buck in the Catskill Mountains of  New York. During the workshop, researchers spend the mornings conducting field surveys in selected localities and then spend afternoons in the lab identifying their collections using a variety of methods including microscopy and chromatography. The 2017 Tuckerman included a very special trip to the Little Cahaba dolomite glades – said by many to be ‘the most biodiverse site in Alabama’.  Tuckerman participants intend to put together a lichen checklist for this region (soon!).


Feb 2017. Mat Sharples (T1) submitted his floristic study of the South San Juan Wilderness of southern Colorado for review in BRIT.


Feb 8, 2017. Dr. Tripp (PI) and Matt Schreiber (lab manager and tech) just returned from a field trip to Ecuador and Peru (Jan 12-Jan 31). Check out recent and new blog posts to see the latest news on Ruellia research through the Ruellia Pages.  Pictures and blog updates will be happening over the course of the next few weeks so keep coming back!


Jan 13, 2017. Welcome back from Australia and New Zealand T1!!! 10 out of 12 of the endemic starworts of Oceania were collected, and he is excited to be the first person to subject them to molecular phylogenetic inference.


Jan 2017. James, Carly, and co-authors recently submitted a manuscript that reported results on the Mt. Mitchell work. (Their manuscript was, shortly thereafter, accepted for publication in Castanea). Congratulations, Carly et al.!

Cloe P. prepared a manuscript reporting the comparative mitochondrial genomics of 22 lichen species.

The first acanth genome was published, work was completed by Yongbin. Link here.


Dec 22, 2016. Check out Yongbin and Erin’s publication on Hybrid Effects in Ruellia!


Dec 2016. Dr. Tripp’s book: The Field Guide to the Lichens of White Rocks was published.


Fall 2016. Kyle K. is nearing perfection of 2 new pipelines. One is an assembly of rDNA contigs from 100s of species of southern Appalachia lichens. The second pipeline is to process “potential of diversity” environmental sampling of lichen propagules of the southern Appalachia.


Oct 2016. Erin and James L. work in Great Smokey Mountain NP. Their photos are now part of the Field Guide to the Lichens of GSMNP.


Sept 2016. Erin Tripp, Manuel Lujan, and Dina Clark conduct fieldwork in Bolivia with ca. 20 species collected!


August 2016. Erin Tripp, Lucinda McDade, Nico Medina, Cintina Kameyama, and students conduct field work in Brazil. 44 species of Ruellia collected!


Jul 19, 2016. The First Annual Botany Blitz jointly held between Herbarium staff, Tripp and Smith Labs. Took place


Jul 2016. Vanessa Diaz defends her master’s thesis making her the first graduate student to make it out of the Tripp lab!!


Jun 2016. Dimensions collaborator James L. taught a 1-week lichen field course at Highlands Biological Station. Carly S. was in attendance! The group also conducted a lichen inventory of Mt. Mitchell State Park.


Jan 2016. Erin Tripp, Manuel Lujan and Amanda Fisher conduct field work in Mexico.


Oct 31, 2015. Great news for lichenologists and ecologists everywhere–Dr. Tripp, along with CU Boulder collaborators Christy McCain and Nolan Kane, were recently awarded an NSF grant exploring biodiversity in the Great Smoky Mountains.


Oct 30, 2015. Check out former undergraduate lab member Joseph Kleinkopf’s cool research on Amorpha species here (he’s also featured on the CU EBIO website!)


Oct 28, 2015. Oren Rabinowitz, a recent graduate of CU Boulder, did an independent project on the white powder that gives aspen trees their famous shade. Check out the writeup here.


Oct 16, 2015. Erin recently took her Plant Systematics class to Black Canyon for some good old fashioned autumn botanizing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s