2018 May General Meeting: Catharine A. Adams - Chemical ecology of the death cap mushroom (by )

? WHEN: 05/16/2018, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  Refreshments will be provided and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30.  A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker,  Catharine A. Adams.  If time permits, she will give a 5 minute talk on bioluminescent mushrooms in Costa Rica if anyone is interested.

Cat Adams earned her BS at the University of Washington, in Biology, with emphasis on Ecology and Evolution. As an undergrad she worked in Joshua Tewksbury’s lab, studying why wild Bolivian chili peppers produce spice. Cat then earned her Master’s degree at Harvard University in Anne Pringle’s lab, researching the fungal pathogens of wild chili peppers, and how the fungi evolved tolerance to spice. Now earning her PhD at Berkeley, Cat is studying the invasion ecology of the poisonous death cap mushroom, Amanita phalloides. In addition to her research, Cat is passionate about communicating science to the public, and has written for Slate. She was the Communication Chair of the Mycological Society of America Student Section for two years, and is the President and Founder of the Unconscious Bias Project at Berkeley.