In the Spring of 2004, the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History and the California Lichen Society teamed up to conduct a survey of UCSC campus lichens.  The lichen society volunteers collected over 150 different lichens in two days from a variety of locations around campus.  Specimens of most of the species are housed at the Norris Center.  Currently, the Norris Center is collaborating with Environmental Studies Professor Greg Gilbert and his undergraduate researchers to inventory and collect voucher specimens of lichens living in the Forest Ecology Research Plot located on upper campus.