Teacher Workshop 2017

Marc Cubeta, Sharon Mozley-Standridge and colleagues recently hosted a Fungal Biology and Biodiversity STEM Educational Module Development workshop for pre-service, middle and high school biology/environmental science teachers on July 14-18, 2017 at the University of Georgia-Athens (UGA). The workshop was sponsored by the Mycological Society of America (MSA) and National Science Foundation and based on the premise that teachers have limited time to discuss fungi as isolated taxonomic units in their curriculum. The workshop began with a cordial welcome from Josef Broder, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Marin Brewer from UGA. Members of the society, including graduate students, presented lectures and provided examples of laboratory-based exercises for use by teachers in their classrooms. Teachers interacted with MSA members during the workshop and meeting, participated in a foray at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA, attended the MSA opening reception/social, MSA Presidential address and research presentations. The workshop culminated with the teachers developing a fungal-based lesson plan to illustrate key fundamental concepts in core scientific disciplines and address next generation educational standards. We would like to thank Lindsey Becker, Sarah Bergemann, Meredith Blackwell, Andrea Bruce, Lori Carris, Brianna Hoge, Julia Kerrigan, Andy Methven, Andrew Miller, Molly Phillips, Andrea Porras-Alfaro, Chris Smyth, Henry Van Cotter, and Tom Volk for volunteering their valuable time to serve as instructors and mentors and Maxton Collins and Lanette Phillips for assisting with workshop preparation.

Bay Tree and Singletary Lake State Park Bioblitz

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Julie Cubeta, Kathryn Hanser and Drs. Marc Cubeta and Henry Van Cotter participated in the eighth annual species bioblitz on September 30 and October 1, 2016 at Bay Tree and Singletary Lake State Parks to characterize the fungal species biodiversity. A comprehensive list of the fungal species found in the park during the bioblitz will be submitted to Ed Corey, Inventory Biologist with the NC Division of Parks and Recreation by December 31, 2016.

Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) Fungal Foray

North Carolina high school students associated with the Summer College in Biological Sciences Program (SCIBLS) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) participated in a fungal foray at the Schenck Forest on Thursday, July 7, 2016 with their instructor Dr. Melissa Merrill and members of the Cubeta laboratory (Lindsey Becker, Dr. Henry Van Cotter, Kathryn Hanser, Brianna Hoge, and Charles Rich). The students collected mushrooms, and took notes on their appearance, habitat and location where they were growing in the forest. The fungal specimens were taken to a laboratory on the NCSU campus to examine their morphological characteristics and extract DNA for sequence based analysis and identification.  Ten students developed a poster on a fungus that was presented at the SCIBLS Science Symposium on Friday, July 29, 2016 at NCSU.

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7th Annual North Carolina State Park Bioblitz

 

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Kathryn Hanser and Drs. Marc Cubeta and Henry Van Cotter participated in the seventh annual bioblitz on June 28, 2016 at Mt. Mitchell State Park to celebrate the 100 year anniversary and characterize the fungal species diversity in the park. A comprehensive list of the fungal species found in the park during the bioblitz will be submitted to Ed Corey, Inventory Biologist with the NC Division of Parks and Recreation by December 31, 2016.

Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) 2015 Foray

High school students associated with the Summer College in Biological Sciences Program (SCIBLS) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) participated in a foray at the Schenck Forest on Friday, July 10, 2015 with their instructor Dr. Melissa Merrill and members of the Cubeta laboratory (Lindsey Becker, Dr. Van Cotter, Kathryn Hanser, Brianna Hoge, Marie Meckman, and Megan Miller). The students collected fungal fruiting bodies (mushrooms), took notes on their appearance and the habitat where they were growing. The fungi were transported to the a laboratory on the NCSU campus for further examination of morphological characteristics and to extract DNA for sequence based analysis and identification.  Each student developed a poster that was presented at the SCIBLS Symposium from 10:30 to 12:30 on Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Talley Center. The symposium was attended by faculty, staff, students, and their parents.

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5th Annual Bioblitz

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Julie Cubeta, Liz Henderson, and Drs. Marc Cubeta and Rytas Vilgalys participated in the fifth annual bioblitz on May 16, 2015 at Stone Mountain State Park located in Roaring Gap, North Carolina (Wilkes and Alleghany Counties) to characterize the fungal biodiversity in the park. A comprehensive list of 23 fungal and 1 lichen species found in the park during the bioblitz was submitted to Ed Corey, Inventory Biologist with the NC Division of Parks and Recreation in June 2015. Articles related to the bioblitz can be viewed at the following websites News article 1 and News article 2.

 

 

Current herbarium group

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Current herbarium group taking a short break from herbarium related activities in front of an oak tree on the brickyard (from left to right Kathryn Hanser, Marc Cubeta, Laura Kaderabek, and Bryan Cody).