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Anna Bazzicalupo: Benjamin Woo's Russula Herbarium and his contribution to science
UC Berkeley, 338 Koshland Hall
Tuesday, May 16, 2017| 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Anna Bazzicalupo grew up in Naples, Italy. She did her undergrad degree in Biology at University of Aberdeen in Scotland and her Masters at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, where her interest in fungi started.

As a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, she is interested in the taxonomy and systematics of Russula of the Pacific Northwest. Her work involves using this complicated group as an example of collaboration between mycological societies and academia, towards the better understanding of the systematics and taxonomy of our local mushrooms. She has been working on the Benjamin Woo Russula collection from the Burke Museum, to barcode the Russulas of the Pacific Northwest. She will tell us the results from two fungal barcoding projects. Our understanding of species changes with new DNA information and this has implications for the geographical distribution of species and their morphological characters.

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