6:30 pm – OMS Mushroom Identification Session
The identification session prior to the general meeting is open to the public. If you have found mushrooms that are in good condition, wrap them in waxed paper, aluminum foil, or a put them in a paper bag and bring them (with a spore print, if possible). Bring your field guide to reference the mushrooms that are on display.
7:15 pm – OMS General Meeting
7:30 pm – Korena Mafune, OMS Scholarship Recipient
“Exploring Fungal Diversity and Biodiversity in Canopy and Forest Floor Soils in an Old-growth Temperate Rain Forest in Olympic National Park”
Korena is a Ph.D. research fellow from University of Washington and one of our 2016 scholarship recipients. She is concentrating on plant-fungal relationships in Washington’s temperate old-growth rain forests, with a specific focus on canopy soils and host-tree fungal interactions. Her main goal is to learn which fungal species are associating with the host plant’s adventitious roots in canopy soils, and also to collect any fruiting mushrooms found at that level. “The temperate old-growth rain forests we work in are rare and unique,” she says. “If we disregard the interactions going on in the canopies, we have an incomplete understanding of how these ecosystems function.”
Korena is studying under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Vogt, University of Washington