March 3rd 2014 Meeting – 6:30PM: Mary Ann Hawke

The guest speaker for our March 3rd meeting will be Mary Ann Hawke. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

Dr. Mary Ann Hawke is trained as a plant ecologist and environmental educator, and she is currently working at UCSD at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on a mycology project. Her interest in fungi began when she did her PhD on soil-plant-microbe interactions in a plant pathology lab at Agriculture Canada. Since then, her work has focused on native plants, ecological health, climate change, and citizen science. She co-founded and was Director of the San Diego County Plant Atlas at the San Diego Natural History Museum, an NSF-funded citizen science project that trained community volunteers to document the floristic diversity of this important biodiversity hotspot. She is also one of the co-founders and organizers of the San Diego Citizen Science Network that was created in 2012 to foster citizen science in our region.  Dr. Hawke’s presentation is titled “From Barcoding to Biodiversity: What Are We Learning About Fungi?”

Join us before the meeting as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at 5PM at Khyber Pass Restaurant.

Post Meeting Announcement: A PDF copy of Dr Hawke’s Presentation can be viewed here: Barcoding to Biodiversity Presentation . A PDF copy of a mushroom data sheet similar to the one discussed in Dr Hawke’s presentation can be printed from here: mushroom data sheet. A link to a one-page article that Dr Hawke wrote up for the the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Bulletin, about the barcoding project can be found here: March 2014 Bulletin (see the whole Bulletin posted at http://www.ibol.org).

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