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Mycorrhizal Fungi in Northeastern Forests webinar

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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February 21, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time

This event is hosted by University of Vermont Extension Forestry and is approved for 1.0 CFE credit through SAF.

Are you curious about the role of mycorrhizal fungi in forest ecosystems or want to know how mycorrhizal fungi could interact with silviculture? In this webinar, we will outline the foundations of the mycorrhizal-plant symbiosis and explore how mycorrhizal fungi affect forest diversity, regeneration, and soil functions. Lastly, we’ll showcase the current silviculture-related work from northeastern forests to set the stage of where we are in our understanding and which questions are left to answer.

About the speakers:

Dr. Amelia Fitch earned a PhD in 2023 from Dartmouth College in the Hicks Pries Lab where she studied mycorrhizal fungi in Northeastern forests. She earned her MS from the University of Cambridge studying boreal lake sediments, and BS from the University of Oregon studying tidal wetlands. Amelia is currently working at Oregon State University studying how silviculture can help working forests mimic traits of old growth forests that buffer the effects of climate change.

Eva Legge is a first year MS student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Her research in Dr. Andrew Vander Yacht’s Applied Forest and Fire Ecology Lab and Dr. Christopher Fernandez’ Mycorrhizal Ecology Lab investigates how seedling-mycorrhizal symbioses are affected by different forest management practices, from prescribed fire to timber harvest. Eva earned a BA in Biology in 2023 from Dartmouth College, where she studied mycorrhizal-mediated forest management as a member of Dr. Caitlin Hicks Pries’ Soil Ecology Lab. Eva is an avid science communicator, a practice which was inspired by her science writer grandfather. She believes good communication is necessary for any scientific practice that strives to be wide-reaching and inclusive.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please call or email Ali Kosiba at 802-656-7631 or akosiba@uvm.edu by 2/6/24 so we may assist you. For more information on the event in general, contact Dr. Ali Kosiba (akosiba@uvm.edu).


February 21
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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