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Robert L. Gilbertson

at a desert watering hole

Emory Simmons
during WWII

Mycology at LSU

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.  --Theodosius Dobzhansky


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A free course in Evolution
Including relevance of evolution to Medicine, Agriculture, Conservation, and Forensics

A cautionary tale: Trofim Lysenko, who denied the principles of genetics and selection

Meredith Blackwell

Contact Meredith Blackwell <mblackwell@lsu.edu>
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Genealogy of North American Mycologists
Memorial to Robert L. Gilbertson

17 March 2007 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of C.J. Alexopoulos

Beyond molecules: What is an ontology?

Found photograph (above left).  Among the mementos collected during his life, mycologist Bernard Lowy had a photograph from Barro Colorado Island (BCI) dated July 1950. It shows A. M. Chickering (leading), a tropical spider specialist, and James Zetek, the "Baron of BCI," descending the steep grade to the dock depicted in one of our photographs.  Our photograph of the 196 steps (looking up) was taken almost exactly 51 years later (see our Bettlebellyeast project BCI photographs, page 4). Another interesting comparison is the change in island dress over the intervening 51 years. The black and white photograph by an unknown photographer was discovered by chance after ours had already been posted. 

[A note in September 2001 from Allen Brady, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, who knew him, tells about Dr. Arthur M. Chickering. He was chair of the Biology Department at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, for more than 30 years.  He had completed his degree at Yale University under Alexander Petrunkevitch, another famous arachnologist. Chickering first visited Baro Colorado Island in 1934 and made subsequent trips in 1936 and 1939.  He continued working with Panamanian spiders for many years.  The last publication I [Allen Brady] have from him is dated 1972, a paper on "The genus Oonops (Araneae, Oonopidae) in Panama and the West Indies (Part 3)."  His most notable work was a monograph on the Salticidae of Panama (1946) consisting of 474 pages in which he described 172 species.]

Newer Photograph (below left). In July of 1950, the Baron of BCI James Zetek and arachnologist A. M. Chickering decended the steps of BCI leading from the "Old Dinning Hall" all the way down to Lake Gatun (see Found Photograph, above). 56 years later, James Robertson, as the Baron, and the entomologist Nathan Lord decended these same steps. Note that the old wooden stair railing has been replaced by metal; there also are a few differences in plants that have grown up and buildings that have been changed. Concept and photograph by Nhu H. Nguyen.

Biodiversity: Beetles and their Yeast Endosymbionts from Basdiocarp Habitats
Panama 2001 photographs/more photographs
Intimate Associates of Arthropods 
See them in Insect Fungal Associations: 
Ecology and Evolution
Fernando E. Vega & Meredith Blackwell (Eds). 2005.
Oxford University Press
Research Coordination Networks in Biological Sciences: A Phylogeny for Kingdom Fungi

Fungal Environmental Sampling and Informatics Network

Building a National Community of Natural History Collections

Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life 2

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*Read the latest review chapter about  Laboulbeniomycetes: 
A. Weir and M. Blackwell. (2005).  Fungal biotrophic parasites of insects and other arthropods. In INSECT-FUNGAL ASSOCIATIONS: Ecology and Evolution. Fernando E. Vega & Meredith Blackwell (Eds), Oxford University Press. 

From the introduction of the book quote Borges and Foucault --“This book first arose out of a passage in Borges, out of the laughter that shattered, as I read the passage, all the familiar landmarks of my thought ? our thought, the thought that bears the stamp of our age and our geography ? breaking up all the ordered surfaces and all the planes with which we are accustomed to tame the wild profusion of existing things, and continuing long afterwards to disturb and threaten with collapse our age-old distinction between the Same and the Other.  This passage quotes a “certain Chinese encyclopaedia” in which it is written that “animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs,(e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) etcetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.”  In the wonderment of this taxonomy, the thing we apprehend in one great leap, the thing that, by means of the fable is demonstrated as the exotic charm of another system of thought, is the limitation of our own, the stark impossibility of thinking that.” --Michel Foucault 

From a long way off Laboulbeniomycetes look like flies and red algae and basidiomycetes and zygomycetes

Fungal Biology: Fungi Mold the World
(BIOL 4053)
See Virtual Highway of Biological Historical Markers
The World Around Us 
Boyd Professor Lecture Series 
(UNIV 3005)
Introductory Mycology 
(BIOL/PLHL 4054)
Advanced Mycology: Fungi and their Associates
Humboldt Field Research Institute
Steuben, ME

F. E. Vega and M. Blackwell, Eds. 2007.  Insect-Fungal Associations: Ecology and Evolution. Kyoritsu Shuppan Co. Ltd., Tokyo, 400p. [Japanese translation]

We have added the Chinese characters for "Mycology" to note the translation of Introductory Mycology by a team of Chinese mycologists

MSA at Salt Lake City (25-29 August 2001) pix

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Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences at LSU

International Mycological Association

The International Association of Botanical and Mycological Societies (IABMS), IBC General Assembly authorizes the XVIII International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen City, China, 2017

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Past, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1 August 2011

Past and present, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 August 2001
Gone only yesterday
Graduate students, research associates, and postdocs
Mary Stovall, PhD
Elly van Eeckhout, PhD
Joseph W. Spatafora, PhD
Steven Cassar, MS

Kevin G. Jones, PhD
Alexander Weir, PhD
Ning Zhang, PhD
Sung-Oui Suh, PhD
Jennifer Carstens, MS
Maritza Abril, PhD
Stephanie Gross, MS
Hector Urbina, PhD

Emeritus undergraduate researchers 
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Alex Anderson, LaToya Barber, Louisa Bell, Katy Brillhart, Ann Buckalew, Kevin Campbell, Geetha Chockalingam, Callie Comstock, Elizabeth Cooper, Christina DangDoan Dang, Cathy Dugas, Elizabeth Ellent, Cennet Erbil, Jessica Farrar, Leiflyn Gamborg, Bryan Goldberger, William Gorup, Stephanie Gross, Daniel Henk, Huei-Yang Ho, Dustin Jackson, Hester Johnston, Aurash Khoobehi, Matthew Knight, Jonathan Lo, Shyue Lu, Simone Mack, Glynis Mattheisen, Nhu H. Nguyen, Dini Parayitam, Helen Peebles, Patrique de Lima Pereira, Paul Radford, Claire Reuter, Patscianna Ricks, Kevin Robertson, Frost Rollins, David Rush, Brandye Sawyer, Richard Sisson, Stacey Soileau, Melissa Spera, Ebony Spikes, Rebecca Sweany, Philly Tsaraboulidou, John Williams, Amy Whittington

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Louisiana fungi
M. Blackwell

Associates of Arthropods 
A. Weir & M. Blackwell

Primer sites
for fungal ribosomal DNA

History of mycology

Mycology Laboratory Exercises
Virtual Highway of Biological Historical Markers
Genealogy of North American Mycologists
MSA wants you (a slightly silly collection of recruiting poster designs)
Wood-rotting fungi of the gulf coast states
Louisiana State University Herbarium
Insect fungi

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