This online course covers the fundamental aspects of mycology and fungal ecology. Classes will be live and recorded for people to re-watch later.
- Fundamentals of biology
- Fungal diversity and different types of fungi
- How to identify fungi
- Roles of fungi in the ecosystem including as decomposers and
- How fungi interact with other organisms including relationships with plants and animals
The course will run for 7 weeks and each class is around 1.5 hours long including Q and A. The classes will be on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8:00pm starting March 16.
Ema Corro is a mycologist with experience in mushroom cultivation, myco-materials and ecology. She has a bachelor of Applied Science from RMIT and is studying her Master of Environmental Science at UNE. She is coordinator of the Wild Fungi Project which aims to increase knowledge of Australian fungi by engaging citizen scientists in collecting and sequencing mushrooms, as well as developing environmental DNA techniques to monitor pest and endangered fungi. Ema also works for AT Mushrooms and is Mycologist Wrangler at Fungi for Land.
Emily McIntyre is a graduate of a Masters of Ecosystem Management and Conservation, where she examined the effect of biotic and environmental variables on soil fungi for her thesis. She is currently undertaking a PhD in fungal ecology at the University of Melbourne. She is most interested in learning about the interactions that fungi have with plants, animals, and abiotic factors, to better understand how ecosystems function. She is also currently working with MYCOmmunity to undertake research into the effect of storm damage on soil fungi within Wombat Forest.
Next running time
March, then May
Australian Fungal Ecology
with Sapphire McMullan-Fisher
from Fungi4Land www.fungi4land.com
Dates: most Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30 pm online from 28 Sept to 30 Nov 2022
This Australian focused Fungal ecology course will lead you through the roles fungi play in terrestrial ecosystem. This includes:
- As recyclers of nutrients
- Partnering with other organisms like mycorrhizal associations with plants.
- Fungi in soils and as part of Biocrusts
- Biosecurity and understanding problem fungi
- Animal interactions
- Fungal responses to fire
- Integrating fungi into indigenous ecosystem restoration
- Fungi conservation including global IUCN RED list fungi
Recordings will be available for a limited time incase people miss a session or want to revise.
Sapphire is an ecologist who has special interest in the conservation of biodiversity, particularly the macrofungi and mosses. She did her doctorate at the University of Tasmania on ‘Surrogates for cryptogam conservation – associations between mosses, macrofungi, vascular plants and environmental variables.’ In 2018 with Roz Hard and many Australasian Mycologists and amateurs in ‘love’ with fungi, started the project to develop a land management book for Australian Fungi with the working title Fungi4Land. Sapphire has been involved with many Australian fungi groups including MYCOmmunity, QMS and Fungimap. She is a representative on International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Specialist Groups: Species Monitoring and Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball. She is also active with Australian scientific groups like the Education Subcommittee of the Australasian Mycological Society, Australian Bryophyte Workshops and community groups including many Field Naturalist Clubs and Landcare groups and Australian Plants Societies. To read more about her research profile in Research Gate and LinkedIn.
Although this course is stand alone, if you want to get a more rounded understanding of fungi including fungal basics like biology, and applied subjects like culturing & growing mushroom we encourage you to take MYCOmmunity's online mycology and other courses.
Next running time
TBA - later in 2023