Ep. 145: Dynamite-Throwing Fungi, Itasca Research Station & How Decomposition Builds Character (feat. Prof Jonathan Schilling)
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Today on Mushroom Hour we have the privilege of interviewing Professor Jonathan Schilling from the University of Minnesota. Jonathan has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota since 2006, and is currently a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Biological Sciences. In addition to teaching and researching all things fungal, he is the Director at the Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories in northwestern Minnesota. This field station for science is tucked into thirty-two thousand acres of old growth boreal forests within the second oldest State Park in the United States. The station also sits next to a lake, Lake Itasca, which is known as the headwaters of the Mississippi River. He assumed that position in 2018. Adding these duties to his job was, in his words, "a reflection of my deep connection and commitment to nature that was forged in the mountains of West Virginia as a kid, along the entirety of the Appalachian Trail as a young adult, and among family and friends in a Saint Paul neighborhood who have shown how important community is to conservation.    TOPICS COVERED:    Drawn into the Boreal Forest   Role of Fungi in Forest Acid Deposition   Basics of Wood-Rotting Saprobic Fungi   White Rot, Brown Rot & Soft Rot Fungi   Historical Contingency and Succession in Wood Rot   Fungi in the Carbon Cycle   Jonathan’s Lignin Uncertainty   Patterns in Distributions of Wood Rot Fungi   Pre-White Rot Fungi Coal Formation Hypothesis   Wood Rot 2 Step - Fungi Throwing Dynamite & Avoiding the Blowback   Itasca Research Station   Community Science & Assembling the A Team   Advice for Pursuing Studies in Mycology    Decomposition Builds Character   EPISODE RESOURCES:    Jonathan Schilling Academic Page: https://cbs.umn.edu/contacts/jonathan-schilling   Itasca Biological Research Station: https://cbs.umn.edu/itasca   PLOS ONE Research Article: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0120679   Frontiers of Microbiology Research Article: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2020.01646/full   Fomitopsis pinicola (fungus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fomitopsis_pinicola   Fomitopsis betulina (fungus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fomitopsis_betulina   
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