PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two free workshops (DeCIFR for integration of taxonomic, ecological, and evolutionary biological data in mycology; North American Mycoflora Project)
  • Foray at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve 
         
         

  • MSA Opening Reception
  • Presidential Address by Dr. Sharon Cantrell -- "A Tropical Mycological Journey”


  • Karling Lecture by Dr. Hanna Johannesson -- "Conflict as a motor for evolutionary change: insights from the fungal genomes"
         

  • Six exciting symposia on various timely topics
  • Two poster sessions (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Science, History, and Outreach Reception at the Bell Museum of Natural History
         

Celebrate a history of mycological research and volunteer efforts at the spectacular
Bell Museum of Natural History on the St. Paul campus. 

- Featured display of archival art and science history on rust diseases.
- Tour the UM student MycoClub fungal garden and taste at their Kombucha Bar.
- Take a tour of experimental rust gardens ongoing for 50 years.
- Sign up under the registration pages; volunteers are free (transportation and light food and beverages provided)

  • Chestnut Gavel Session (Business Meeting & Distinction Awards)
  • MSA Social, Auction, & Student Awards (never too early to start collecting auction items; contact Georgiana May (gmay@umn.edu) for mailing details)
  • Nearly 100 contributed talks

The draft schedule can be accessed HERE.

Our exciting planned symposia include:

SY1 = Fire-created landscape mosaics as a driver of fungal diversity (Ari Jumpponen)
SY2 = New approaches to studying marine fungal diversity (Allison Walker)
SY3 = Oh, the places you'll go:  Career opportunities in mycology (Rachel Koch)
SY4 = Nothing in Mycology makes sense......but John Taylor helped explain it:  A symposium in honor of John Taylor (Jason Stajich)
SY5 = Genealogy of life:  Fungal biology at the intersection of systematics, genomics, ecology, and evolutionary biology (Jana U'Ren)
SY6 = Animal-associated fungi: From parasitism to mutualism (Danny Haelewaters)