Colorado Mushrooms: Assembling a Colorado Mycoflora

Mushrooms, for example species of Boletus, Amanita, Leccinium, are know 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 local mushrooms.  We will take an imaginary hike through aspen groves, along waterways, on high passes and in the subalpine regions of spruce/fir while examining the animals, plants, and mushrooms we might find there.  Learn identification clues and gain great appreciation for the amazing diversity of mushrooms in our local habitats.  

This evening presentation is a kick-off to the full-2 day field class on Thursday when you get to experience the mushroom hunting first hand. The mushroom events culminate 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!

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. Through the availability of collections-based research he studies the formation, ecology and distribution of fungi using morphology and genetic information. This data helps to build a “story” that explains how such diversity arose in fungi, and help lead researchers to new and exciting questions to explore in these organisms. 

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7PM - 8:30PM
Hallam Lake