Bio 115 is a course that introduces students to the amazing diversity of the Kingdom Fungi (and a few cool things outside it). Most importantly, in addition to lectures on basic biology, ecology and evolution of fungi, this class aims to give students hands on experience with fungi. This will come in part through the labs where we will examine organisms spanning all major lineages of Fungi (Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, Zygomycota, Chytridiomycota) as well as non-fungal organisms studied by mycologists – water molds (Oomycota) and slime molds (Myxomycota, Dictyosteliomycota). In addition, we will have a field trip to practice collection and identification of mushrooms and a class project in which students will collect samples from the environment and identify the fungi using genomic DNA sequencing techniques.
This Winter 2016 lecture/laboratory course is limited to 24 students. If you are interested in taking the class register through Axess. Please do not enroll if you cannot make both lab AND lecture times (Tues lecture 1:30 to 2:50 AND Thurs lab 1:30 to 5:20).
Winter 2016 Bio 115 Class on the First Annual Jasper Ridge Mushroom Foray!