Daphne Stone has enjoyed and studied lichens in the PNW for 30 years.
Beginning as a child with an interest in lichens as tiny forests where imaginary creatures live, then using lichens as dyes, she developed a deep interest in lichens and went on to get her doctorate in lichen ecology at the University of Oregon.
Since finishing her thesis on the succession of epiphytes on oak twigs, she has been surveying public lands for lichens and bryophytes. Her special interests include the genus Leptogium, pin lichens and soil crusts on the east side of the Cascades.
She enjoys teaching about these fascinating symbiotic organisms to any audience, from kids to adults, and novices to other lichenologists.