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How Matthew Cicanese’s Macro Images of Lichen Aided a Scientist’s Research

October 13, 2017

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Matthew Cicanese

In Sri Lanka’s Sinharaja Rainforest, Matthew Cicanese used a macro lens to photograph the surface of an understory leaf coated in lichens.

This spring, photographer Matthew Cicanese hiked through rain forests in Sri Lanka, following Dr. Gothamie Weerakoon, a visiting scientist at The Field Museum of Chicago and Sri Lanka’s National Institute of Fundamental Studies, as she moved from tree to tree, examining and collecting lichen. When she found a specimen she wanted to collect for further study, Cicanese would first photograph...

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