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The Fungi of the Lake Wales Ridge

Fungi are everywhere — from brilliant-colored mushrooms, to pathogens, to microbes in the soil, fungi are key to many boilogical processes. Yet, because fungi are relatvely inconspicuous in the xeric habitats of Lake Wales Ridge, they are an often overlooked group in our region’s biodiversity. In this talk, Dr. Aaron David will discuss the Archbold Plant Ecology Program’s research on fungi, including recent macrofungi collection efforts, conservation of the endangered Florida lichen, and the biodiversity of soil fungi that underlies the scrub’s varied habitats. BIO: Dr. Aaron David is the Program Director of Plant Ecology at Archbold Biological Station. He completed his B.A. at Washington University in St. Louis, and his PH. D. at the University of Minnesota. He has been working in Florida ecosystem since 2016, including postdoctoral positions at the University of Miami and the USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory prior to starting his position at Archbold in 2021.

Event Date & Time

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Alexander Discovery Center


Free for members/$17 for non-members (Includes Admission)
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