6:30 pm – Mushroom Identification Session
7:15 pm Business & Announcements
7:30 pm – Carolina Páez, Ph.D Candidate, Oregon State University
“Diversity of Rhizopogon truffles in the Sky Islands”
Carolina Piña Páez started her adventures in mycology in 2005 in the Sonoran Desert, working with gasteroid fungi. She has been working with truffles and other ectomycorrhizal fungi in the central part of México. In 2013 she moved to Oregon and was amazed with the diversity in the Pacific Northwest.
Carolina is one of the Society’s 2017 Scholarship Winners. She is a Ph.D candidate studying in the lab of Dr. Joseph Spatafora at OSU, and her research focuses on the systematics and evolutionary biology of Rhizopogon in the sky islands of the Southwestern US and Northern Mexico. Specifically, Carolina is studying how Rhizopogon has migrated with its hosts and how isolation and environment is shaping its evolutionary trajectory.
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