6:30 pm Mushroom Identification Session. If you’ve found mushrooms that are in good condition, wrap them in waxed paper, aluminum foil, or 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
Election of Directors and Officers (by written ballot).
President: Joe Cohen (incumbent)
Vice President: Josh Grefe (incumbent)
Secretary: Candace Parmer (incumbent)
Treasurer: Don Moore (incumbent)
Director (four candidates for two positions):
Quinn Colling (incumbent)
Tamara Hartley (incumbent)
7:30 pm Presentation: Stuart Ian Graham — How will climate warming impact distributions of subalpine ectomycorrhizal fungi?
Many species are predicted to begin growing at higher elevations and latitudes in response to climate warming. However, it is unclear if species that depend on other species for their survival, such as ectomycorrhizal fungi and their plant hosts, will be able to make these shifts together with their dependents. To investigate this question, Stuart is describing the communities of ectomycorrhizal fungi that grow on roots of subalpine fir trees at their upper elevational limit in Mount Rainier National Park.
Stuart is currently in the fourth year of his Biology PhD program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He grew up in rural northern England – a land of rolling hills, quaint farmsteads, and heavily managed forests. As a result, he is fascinated by the dense old-growth forests and rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest.