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Tom Bruns: Forest Fires and Fungi: Losers, Winners and Strategies
UC Berkeley, 338 Koshland Hall
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Fire is a natural part of most western forest ecosystems, and while plant strategies for surviving or recolonizing after fire are well known, much less is known about how fungi deal with this common disturbance. This talk will review some of the details that are known about how saprobic and ectomycorrhizal fungi recolonized following severe, stand-replacing fires, and the examples will be drawn primarily from studies of the Mt. Vision Fire in Pt. Reyes National Seashore and the more recent Rim Fire in Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. These examples will also trace the development of molecular ecology from the crude RFLP days to the current high-throughput sequence.

Prof. Tom Bruns received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Botany in 1987, and went on to a postdoctoral position at the University of California Berkeley, where he joined the faculty in 1989. His research is focused on fungal ecology and systematics and he has published over 150 scientific papers in this area.

He is a recent past president of the Mycological Society of America, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Science, and the Mycological Society of America. He teaches introductory and advanced courses on fungi at Berkeley, and has won distinguished teaching awards from the College of Natural Resources and the Mycological Society of America for his efforts.

Doors open at 7:30. Meeting starts promptly at 8:00.

All California Club Foray

Albion Field Station | January 22–24, 2016

The Seventh Biannual All California Club Foray (ACCF) will be held in January 2016. Chief mycologist will be Judy Roger, a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Judy studied mycology at the University of Washington with Dr. Daniel Stuntz who coerced her into teaching at Seattle Community College to “set the learning”. That experience led to teaching at other community colleges as well as consulting and providing contract mycology for the US Forest Service and other agencies. She has served as an identifier for the Oregon Poison Center. She likes to eat mushrooms but prefers to study them and teach mushroom microscopy.

This event includes catered meals, comfy lodging, and mushroom hunts in the bountiful Jackson Demonstration State Forest near Mendocino. This foray is open to any current member of a California mushroom club and NAMA members. Registration will open later this year.