On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting at the Randall Museum. Note: All regular General Meetings are open to the public. The highlight of each meeting is a speaker with slides on some aspect of mycology and mushrooming: ecology, taxonomy, mycophagy, sociology, etc. Before each meeting members bring collections which are put on display and identified. Refreshments are served before the meeting. Doors open and identification starts at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 8 pm. (The December meeting is replaced by a dinner at a different location.)
Fire is a natural part of most western forest ecosystems, and while plant strategies for surviving or recolonizing after fire are well known, much less is known about how fungi deal with this common disturbance. This talk will review some of the details that are known about how saprobic and ectomycorrhizal fungi recolonized following severe, stand-replacing fires, and the examples will be drawn primarily from studies of the Mt Vision Fire in Pt Reyes National Seashore and the more recent Rim Fire in Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. These examples will also trace the development of molecular ecology from the crude RFLP days to the current high-throughput sequence.
Prof. Tom Bruns received an MS in Botany from the University of Minnesota in 1982, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in Botany in 1987. He went on to a postdoctoral position at the University of California Berkeley in 1987, and he joined the faculty there in 1989. His research is focused on fungal ecology and systematics and he has published over 150 scientific papers in this area: Works
He is a recent past president of the Mycological Society of America, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Science, and the Mycological Society of America. He teaches introductory and advanced courses on fungi at Berkeley, and has won teaching awards from the College of Natural Resources and the Mycological Society of America for his efforts.