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Science Pub: Fungi in the Forest
September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm$22
Explore the variety of fungi in Central Oregon and the surprisingly important role they play in forest health. You’ll discover the vast fungal communication networks in forests at boot-level and beneath, how fungi are adapted to our fire-dependent environment, and how they can help forests recover from fire.
You’ll also learn about the largest fungus in the world, located nearby in the Malheur National Forest.
About the Presenter
Ariel Cowan is an assistant professor of practice and regional fire specialist with the OSU Extension Service in Deschutes County. Cowan’s experience in mycology began at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Since then, as a biologist, researcher, stewardship forester and wildland firefighter her work has focused on fungal ecology and forest health. She is a member of the Central Oregon Mushroom Club.