Biology & ecology of fungi
Fungi are a critical component of the diversity and function of terrestrial ecosystems. They regulate decomposition rates, facilitate plant nutrient uptake and have a profound impact on agriculture and economics. I have taught this course in the past and at some point in the future will likey offer it again at Stanford. The goal of the class will be to provide students with an understanding of key components of fungal biology, including ecology, physiology, genetics and diversity. I will cover major groups of fungi and key morphological features and lifecycles. Labs will give students hands on experience with a diverse range of organisms and field trips introduce students to fungal research and allow observation and identification of fungi in the environment.