7:00 pm OMS Society Business: Announcements, Introductions, and/or Short Presentation
7:30 pm Presentation: Wildfire and Fungi; Understanding the Fungi that
This presentation will cover what’s known about fungi after wildfire, highlight findings from his current research, and highlight where we still need to go. Due to global climate change, increased development along the edge of wildland areas, and policies of wildfire suppression, wildfires are more frequent and more severe, altering healthy fire regimes into something devastating and catastrophic. This new class of severe wildfire is coined the “mega-fire,” and it is vital we understand how it will affect our natural ecosystems. Dylan Enright’s research explored the effect of the 2016 Soberanes mega-fire on soil fungi in a redwood and tanoak forest in Big Sur, California, and is now moving toward understanding how individual fungi are adapted to wildfire. Dylan will describe how the effects observed in his study compare to the existing knowledge on fungi and fire, and his hypotheses on how some of these fungi might be adapted to wildfire.
Speaker: Dylan Enright, PhD Candidate, University of California Riverside, 2019 OMS Scholarship Recipient.
Dylan is a first-generation college graduate currently working on his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University o fCalifornia Riverside. He attended community college at College of the Redwoods in Eureka and Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga before finishing his B.S. in Biology at California State University San Bernardino. While going to school he worked as a chemical laboratory manager at Chaffey College and a zoological technician. Dylan began his journey into mycology during his community college years while participating in surveys of mushrooms found throughout Southern California and the Sierra Nevadas. Now in his Ph.D., he studies how wildfires affect soil fungi and bacteria, and how these ecologically important soil organisms survive wildfires and shape the post-fire landscape.