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Warren Gold

Dr. Warren Gold, IAS associate professor and director of UW Restoration Ecology Network, discusses his lab and field research on nonvascular plants that coat the surface of the soil and play vital roles in the Alpine ecosystems of the North Central Washington Cascades. Understanding these cryptobiotic crusts (i.e., lichens, mosses, fungi) - and how plants are affected by them - can lead to reestablishing damaged habitats. Dr. Gold also discusses his fascination with the Black Lily (a.k.a. "Indian Rice Root"). (21 min., 16 sec.)