Colorado Mushrooms Lecture: A World of Wonder at Your Feet
Mushrooms, for example species of Boletus, Amanita, Leccinium, are known as so much more than just edibles or non-edibles. These fascinating fungi are essential partners for many plants in our native ecosystems. Understanding this important relationship enhances the amateur mushroom enthusiast’s search and enjoyment of Rocky Mountain mushrooms. Dr. Andrew Wilson will share information regarding his studies of the formation, ecology and distribution of fungi using morphology and genetic information, and how he uses this data to help build a “story” that explains how such diversity arose in fungi, and helped lead researchers to new and exciting questions to explore in these organisms.
This evening presentation is a kick-off to the full-day field class on Thursday when you get to experience the mushroom hunting first hand. “Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region” - book signing by the author, Vera Evenson following the talk. The mushroom series culminates with a public Mushroom Fair on Friday afternoon from 1pm – 4pm. Come for the evening presentation, for the Mushroom Fair, or for the whole fungi event!
About the Presenter:
Dr. Andrew Wilson is the Assistant Curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at the Denver Botanic Gardens and has been studying the biological diversity of mushrooms and other macro fungi for over fifteen years. 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.
How To Get There:
Please bike or walk to ACES whenever possible! We understand that you'll need to drive to ACES for certain classes - 6am birding classes, photo field trips, etc. However, when you can, make it a personal challenge and see if you can drive fewer times than last year! Parking at ACES is limited.