Monthly Speakers

Next Meeting: May 18, 2017

Speaker: Anna Bazzicalupo
Benjamin Woo's Russula Herbarium and his  contribution to science

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.

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