ATTENTION: This meeting is on TUESDAY, April 11th in GATES HALL
Topic: The magical and mysterious movement of mushrooms on mountains
Mushrooms are as mysterious as they are magical. What is their story? As a mycologist I have spent much of my time as a forensic investigator, gathering bits of evidence and details that might help demystify the conditions that brought fungi to where they are today. As the newly minted Assistant Curator of Mycology at the Denver Botanic Gardens I have an incredible opportunity to seek out the information that tells the story of Rocky Mountain mushrooms. My talk will take the audience on an adventure to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the Himalayas, to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Through this journey I will introduce the questions that drive my curiosity and development as a mycologist, and how I attempt to use science to address them.
Speaker: Andrew (Andy) Wilson, Assistant Curator of Mycology, Denver Botanic Gardens
Andrew first learned to document mushroom diversity from Dr. Dennis Desjardin at San Francisco State University. This began by studying and describing mushroom diversity from Java and Bali, Indonesia. He then earned his Ph.D. from Clark University in the laboratory of Dr. David Hibbett. In David’s lab, Andrew learned how to use DNA sequence data to explore questions about the evolution of mushroom diversity. After a time at the Chicago Botanic Garden working with Dr. Gregory Mueller, Andrew is now at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where will be applying his skills to better understand the origins of fungal diversity in the Rockies and in mountainous regions of the northern hemisphere.