Climate Change and Long-term
Monitoring of Mushroom Populations
Despite much academic focus on the ecological effects of climate change, mushroom populations have been underrepresented, and in the United States, practically ignored.
Christian recently received a grant from the Save the Redwoods League to fund the development of a long-term mushroom monitoring project. Christian will talk about what we've already learned from research on this subject in Europe, as well as outline a simple, accessible monitoring protocol that you can use to keep in touch with mushroom populations in your community over time. Participants will take home a USB thumb drives loaded with supporting research articles and an illustrated how-to document for doing long-term mushroom population monitoring.
About the Teacher
Christian Schwarz is a naturalist currently living in Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied Ecology and Evolution at UC Santa Cruz, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, collecting, and researching macrofungi. He is coauthor of "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast” (www.redwoodcoastmushrooms.org). Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms – from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublimely beautiful. Besides dabbling in mushroom taxonomy, he particularly loves fish, plants, nudibranchs, moths, and dragonflies. He is and passionate about citizen science – particularly iNaturalist.