General Meeting — Thursday September 8th, 2011
Jessie K. Uehling will be giving a talk about her research – recipient of the Cascade Mycological Society 2010 Scholarship; Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene:
My name is Jessie Uehling and I grew up in Boise Idaho. I graduated high school in 2005 and moved to Arcata, CA where I started working on my degree at Humboldt State University (HSU). In 2010 I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Botany and entered the Masters program in Biological Sciences Department, also at HSU. I am just starting the second year of my project which involves examining the systematics of the Cantharellales from the Guiana Shield. In particular I am interested in the ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycete genus Clavulina. My thesis will include range distribution record amendments and many new species descriptions based on traditional morphology based taxonomy, as well as comparisons of molecular sequences from described species using online databases. In addition to being a graduate student I am the research assistant on my advisor, Terry Henkel’s NSF funded project, “Ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity of the Guiana Shield”. I have had the pleasure of participating in 3 month long research expeditions into extremely remote locations in the interior rainforests of the upper Amazon River basin. These experiences have provided me with material to complete my Master’s thesis, familiarity with structure and execution of ectomycorrhizal community composition studies, and also with a very different outlook on life.