Lichen Project: About Us

Lichens are our latest project in a 27 year history of collaborating with Everglades National Park. (See "About Us" in "Home" section of site for many past projects.) With the current massive Everglades restoration in progress, lichen study seemed a logical next step.

Lichens can be useful biosensors, helping to assess the overall health of a forest and aiding in land management planning. They should be an important component in the extensive studies anticipated to evaluate the success of this expensive initiative.

Klara sectioning lichen.

Rick and Jean Seavey, Project Directors.*


Recipients of the 1989 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award from Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society. This recognizes work utilizing volunteers from community nature-oriented groups to eradicate a very invasive non-native plant from Royal Palm Hammock in Everglades National Park.

Recipients of the 2008 George Hartzog Enduring Service Award from the National Park Service. Award presented April, 2009 in Washington D.C. in recognition of 24 years of meaningful work which made a significant contribution to the National Park Service.

A new lichen species, Heiomasia seaveyorum Nelson & Lucking, described by Matthew Nelson and Robert Lucking in 2010, named after us. Quoting from their publication, "This new species is dedicated to Rick and Jean Seavey ( for their numerous and substantial contributions to vegetation science in North and Central America and their work on Florida lichens as well as their dedication to nature conservation and outreach.