Monthly Speakers

Next Meeting: April 18 2019


Speaker:Roo Vandegrift

Topic: Biodiversity

Join Dr. Roo Vandegrift for an exciting adventure into one of the last unlogged watersheds in western Ecuador to document the rich biodiversity that is threatened by mining. He and his international team of researchers have just returned from a National Geographic funded expedition into the heart of the cloud forest to help describe its wonders. Roo will share background on the fungal biodiversity of the region (with notes on other kingdoms and a special focus on the genus Xylaria), highlight preliminary findings from this recent adventure, and discuss current and future challenges for preserving this part of the planet. Expect beautiful images of wonderful organisms!
Roo is a former SOMA scholarship winner.

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2004

ÿDr. Bruce Ing, Ph.D., University College, Chester. "The Natural History of Myxomycetes."
  • Dr. Gastón Guzmán, Ph.D., Instituto de Ecología at Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. "Traditions Of Mexican Mushrooms: Edible, Medicinal And Sacred."
  • Scott Bates, University of Arizona. "Southwestern puffballs and earthstars: monography, phylogeny and spore ultrastructure in the Lycoperdaceae and Geastraceae."
  • Dr. Tom Bruns, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. "Observations on the Natural History of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi."
  • Megan Romberg, University of California, Davis. "Experiments in dyeing with Fusarium."
  • Dr. Donald Kowalski, Ph.D., California State University Chico, emeritus. "California Slime Molds."
  • Dr. Elio Schaechter, Ph.D., San Diego Mycological Society.
  • Gary Lincoff, New York Botanical Garden.
  • 2003