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Fungi of the Sierra Nevada


General Description:

Students will be introduced to the different kinds of mushrooms and other large fungi that occur in the spring in the Sierra Nevada (See SNFC species list). Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of macro- and micromorphological features, as well as ecological roles, to aid in the identification of taxa.

The daily class routine consists of an 8:00-10:00 am lecture followed by a field trip until approx. 3:00 pm. Transportation on the field trips will be by car pooling. Upon return to the camp, collections will be examined and identified in the laboratory (3:30-6:00 pm) in collaboration with the instructor and a knowledgeable graduate student assistant. All equipment, microscope slides, cover slips and reagents required for accurate determination of specimens will be provided. In the evenings, several lectures and slide shows will be presented, and the laboratory will be open for additional work on collections. If sufficient quantities of edible fungi are collected, they will be prepared for consumption and served to the class by the camp's chef.

Instructor

Dennis Desjardin

Class Schedule

Participants should plan to arrive Sunday afternoon in time to attend an orientation lecture on Sunday evening at 8:00 pm. The last class meeting ends 12:00 noon, Friday.

Supplies and Other Useful Items

Field Equipment

  • Collecting basket
  • Wax paper
  • Sturdy knife
  • A small hand cultivator or garden trowel (for digging truffles)
  • A 10X hand lens

Optional Textbooks

  • HOW TO IDENTIFY MUSHROOMS TO GENUS I: Macroscopic Features by David Largent
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  • KEYS: Photocopies of "Keys to the Spring Fungi of the Sierra Nevada" written by Dr. Dennis E. Desjardin may be purchased from the instructor at the Field Camp (approx. $15). Other references will be available in the laboratory, including monographs of selected genera, common field guides, picture books, etc

Camping gear

Clothing
Days are warm, even hot, while evenings are quite cold (close to freezing). Clothing that can be layered for variable weather conditions is best. T-shirts and shorts or lightweight pants are often perfect during the day, with a wind jacket or raincoat as backup. Long pants, warmer shirts and sweaters with a coat are necessary in the evening. Sturdy hiking shoes/boots and comfortable shoes for around camp, sun hat, wool hat and gloves are all important. A swimsuit may come in handy.

CREDIT:

The course carries one unit of college credit and may be taken for a letter grade or Credit/No Credit. For questions regarding class content email the instructor at

REGISTRATION:

Please direct all questions concerning registration procedures and fees to:

J R Blair, Sierra Nevada Field Camp Director,
Department of Biology, San Francisco State University,
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132
email:

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