2019 Paul Smith's College Foray
August 8-11, 2019 | Paul Smith's College, New York

We are looking forward to seeing you in August for NAMA's annual foray at Paul Smith’s College in Upstate New York. Nestled in the Adirondacks and sitting on a beautiful lake, Paul Smith’s campus is a beautiful setting for our weekend stay. We have a good lineup of speakers and foray locations.  Follow this link to learn more and register.

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Lichen Basics

Lichens are amazing organisms. They are all around us and we hardly notice them. Found on soil, tree bark, rocks and even some under water, they are actually two organisms living together (symbiosis). The major component is a fungus (mycobiont), hence they are classified as fungi — the vast majority being ascomycetes. Lichens are fungi that have taken up farming, and they are known as lichenized fungi. There are four major growth forms — crustose, foliose, fruticose and squamulose.
To see the page on Lichens written by Dorothy Smullen, follow this link...

Jacob Golan
2018 NAMA Fellowship Recipient

Jacob Golan is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Prof. Anne Pringle. His research focuses on how fungi move—from across landscapes to across continents—and approaches questions of dispersal from biophysical, genetic, genomic, and ecological perspectives to understand better fungal biogeography, epidem-iology, and population dynamics. Two emerging model systems currently serve his research: Alternaria alternata/A. solani in his biophysical work, and Amanita phalloides in his genetic and genomics work.