Emil Lang Winter Lecture Series is announced.
Emil Lang Lecture Series for 2017
Lectures will be held on Monday nights, from 6:00-8:00, at the Central Park Arsenal. The entrance is just off 5th Ave. at 64th St.
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 5th Ave., Rm 318 (@ 64th St.)
New York, NY 10065
Monday February 27th
“The Big World of Tiny Ascomycetes”
Jan Thornhill has been studying the plethora of amazing fungi she finds near her Central Ontario home for more than 25 years. Though she is not beyond eating the choice ones, she is much more interested in fungal diversity, ecology, and, particularly, collecting the weird and wonderful, all of which she obsessively photographs, catalogues, and preserves. For the past couple of years, she has been writing about her favorite oddities on her blog: Weird & Wonderful Wild Mushrooms. Jan is also a multi-award-winning writer and illustrator of science- and nature-based children’s books, most recently The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk (Groundwood) and I Am Josephine – and I Am a Living Thing (Owlkids).
Monday March 20th
“Mycorrhizae, Forests and Pollution”
John Dighton earned his B.Sc. Degree in Botany and Zoology from London University, a M.Sc. Degree in Ecology from Durham University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Queen Elizabeth College, London University. He worked for 15 years at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology at Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria, UK where he worked on mycorrhizal fungi and nutrient dynamics of forest trees. Using a new assay developed with his colleagues he worked on contract with international forestry companies, Shell, Saapi, The Lord Dulverton and others to determine the nutritional status of temperate and sub-tropical tree crops. During this time he developed an interest in pollution effects on forest fungi, ranging from acid rain to nitrogen deposition and interactions with radionuclides. He moved to Rutgers University to run their Pinelands Field Station in 1994 and has been active in research with his students, covering many aspects of forest soil ecology, mycology and interactions with forest management and pollution. He teaches courses on Soil Ecology and Mycology. He is the author of three books, editor of 5 books and has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters.
Monday April 24th
“The Meaning of Life in 10 Mushrooms”
Nicholas Money is a gentleman of letters, mycologist, and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Once upon a time he spent 30 years studying fungal growth and reproduction. His experiments involved measuring the hydrostatic pressure inside the microscopic filaments produced by fungi and the forces used by these cells to penetrate plant and animal tissues. He also pioneered the application of ultra high-speed video to understand spore discharge mechanisms. Contrarian essays published by Nicholas have considered mushroom harvesting (its unsustainability), fungal taxonomy (its scientific and philosophical shortcomings), and the medicinal properties of mushrooms (their absence). He is the author of numerous books including Mr. Bloomfield’s Orchard (2002) and The Amoeba in the Room (2014).