CMS Meeting – April 21, 2021

  • When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Online Event – CMS Youtube Channel (click to set a reminder)

Fires are increasingly frequent across the globe and in the Pacific Northwest. Fires negatively impact most fungi but some fungi are adapted to and thrive after wildfires. These fungi are called pyrophilous fungi. Dr. Glassman had two serendipitous opportunities to study pyrophilous fungi when her research plots burned down in catastrophic megafires of California. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Glassman received her BA in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also received a Masters of Environmental Studies. She completed her PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at UC Berkeley with Prof. Tom Bruns and a post-doc on microbial contribution to leaf litter decomposition with Prof. Jennifer Martiny at UC Irvine. In 2018, she joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at UC Riverside as an Assistant Professor. The Sydney Glassman lab at UC Riverside focuses on understanding the role of soil fungi and bacteria in ecosystem regeneration after wildfires and the role of microbial community complexity and fungal-bacterial interactions in litter decomposition.

Sydney is a passionate advocate of fungi, ecology, and conservation and is also a fungi foodie!