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AT: Fungi In The Web Of Life
August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Our speaker for August is Dr. Tina Davies, Texas Master Naturalist. She will be discussing how fungi shape the natural world. Topics for the evening will range from taxonomy to ecology. Davies will also touch on the importance of mycorrhizal fungi, fungi as agents of disease, and edible fungi.
Tina Davies has always had an interest in the natural world. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in botany and liberal arts before completing a Ph.D. in mycology from the University of Michigan (actually it was botany because fungi were still considered plants in 1973, but her thesis was taxonomy of the mushroom genus Marasmius). Davies has been an educator for many years. Early on she taught biology at Hood College in Frederick, Md., for four years. For 20 years she was a consultant on U.S. education for international students, living in three countries in the Middle East and Washington, D.C., before returning to Texas. Back in Texas, she worked for HARC on the Foresight project for three years and then started teaching biology, AP Biology and environmental science at the John Cooper School in The Woodlands. Now retired, Davies volunteers for a number of organizations and gardens with native plants.
Hosted by the Environmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake