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I grow old ever learning many things.

Solon (630-560 BC)

I teach four different classes about fungi to four very different audiences. I like my students and they generally like me; we learn a lot together. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about my classes.


frogs love mushrooms, too

Fungi, PLPA 3090, 3cr

This Fall class (formerly called "Introductory Mycology") is a thorough introduction to fungi and fungus-like organisms. My goals for the class are stated in my syllabus. We get acquainted with fungi through lectures, a weekly lab, and through a culture collection assignment, in which students learn to capture and tame a wild fungus. This is a great class for pre-med, pre-vet, food science, plant pathology, microbiology, and plant science students, and also for people who just think fungi are really cool. I think fungi are really cool and that comes through in my teaching style. This class won't be offered in 2009.

Mushrooms of Field and Forest

don't bite this bitter bolete

Mushrooms of Field and Forest, PLPA 3190, 2 cr

My Fall field class in mushroom identification has no prerequisites and is open to anyone interested in mushrooms. Students learn to use field guides and keys to identify Ithaca-area mushrooms, endure brief lectures about mushroom poisoning and mycophagy, and sometimes get rained on in the forest.

The class meets the first 8 wks of Fall semester. On Wednesday afternoons we visit local forests to collect mushrooms; Wednesday evenings we meet again to identify them. Grades are based on a mushroom collection, a quiz, and a final practical exam. The class is offered for letter grade only. It counts as CALS distribution credit in Life Sciences.

Don't confuse this class with Prof. Hudler's excellent Spring class Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds.

Current Topics in Fungal Biology

Harposporium anguillulae, a nematode eater

Current Topics in Fungal Biology, PLPA 6490, 1 cr
co-instructor: B.G. Turgeon

A graduate-level class in journal club format. Every Spring semester we gather weekly to critique the very latest and greatest papers about fungal genomics, genetics, phylogeny, and ecology.

The class is open to grad students, postdocs, faculty and the occasional ambitious undergraduate. It helps us all keep up with current literature and concepts, and improve our skills critiquing and writing scientific articles.

Medical and Veterinary Mycology

Exophiala salmonis, courtesy CDC

Medical and Veterinary Mycology,
PLPA 3290, 2 cr

I launched a new class on fungi that are vertebrate pathogens in 2009. This is exciting for you, because gosh! those are some pretty amazing fungi. It is also exciting for me, since I am ravenously curious and this is a great opportunity to take my knowledge of fungi in a gory new direction.

The class is open to all students who have taken Intro Bio. It's especially aimed at pre-med and pre-vet students, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when it hit its enrollment cap of 60 students pretty quickly in 2009. It will be a Spring lecture-only class, at least for the first little while.