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July 2017 Vol. 54 No. 11

University Press of Colorado

The following review appeared in the July 2017 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Science & Technology
Biology - Botany

Tripp, Erin A. Field guide to the lichens of White Rocks (Boulder, Colorado). University Press of Colorado, Boulder, 2017 (c2016). 170p bibl index ISBN 9781607325536 pbk, $21.95; ISBN 9781607325543 ebook, $17.95.

Field Guide to the Lichens of White Rocks is an inventory of micro lichen species (mostly crustose) that are found in the 100-acre White Rocks Nature Preserve—a “protected area” located near Boulder, CO. In this book, Tripp (ecology and evolutionary biology, Univ. of Colorado Boulder) provides an introduction to lichen biology and ecology. Throughout the work, excellent photographs and keys assist readers. The book will be a useful addition for amateurs or professionals who seek help in identifying a relatively cryptic group of lichens; this information is applicable to the White Rocks region but can be useful when identifying lichen in other parts of North America. Given the specialty of this micro environment, it would have been helpful if the author had provided readers with additional field notes about the habits and habitats of lichens adapted to this specific location. Readers can hope that this will be presented in a future publication.

--S. Hammer, Boston University

Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.