On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting at the County Fair Building. 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.)
Jackie Shay is a budding mycologist and systems biologist currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of California at Merced. Last May she graduated from San Francisco State University with her master's degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology with Dr. Dennis Desjardin. She focused her thesis on the wonderful diversity and taxonomy of Marasmius from Madagascar. Her work has recently been accepted for publication in Phytotaxa, a first for Jackie in her academic career! She is excited to share her findings with you this month.
Jackie is currently exploring the role fungi and bacteria as they function in the microbiome of monkey flower plants. In particular, she is curious how the microbiome influences the host’s ability to evolve and adapt rapidly in a changing climate. Jackie is dedicated to bringing awareness to plant-fungal symbiosis.
Please come enjoy the beauty of decomposing fungi in Madagascar and learn about the genus Marasmius in the final chapter in this journey through evolution.