On Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 6:30 PM PST we hosted two live presentations for our BioBlitz Talks:
What are FUNGI all about? A report on their diversity by mycologist Bryce Kendrick
Bryce Kendrick has studied fungi for 67 years, published over 300 mycological papers and several books, and described more than 250 new taxa. He specializes in the study of moulds and other microscopic fungi. He taught at the University of Waterloo for 30 years before retiring to Vancouver Island in 1994. He now works diligently at extirpating invasive alien plants like broom, gorse, Daphne and toadflax from ecologically sensitive areas in the Saanich Peninsula, assists his wife in her garden, reads widely, listen to a lot of music and does a lot of E-mailing.
The Fire of Life: metabolism and energy flow in animals and ecosystems by ecologist Jordan Rosenfeld
Jordan is an aquatic ecologist who lives in Vancouver. His childhood was spent in Ontario collecting bugs and falling into streams. He eventually blundered out to the west coast, where he studies the effect of habitat on ecological processes in streams and energetic constraints on fish distribution and abundance. His specific research is focused on modelling fish habitat, habitat requirements of fish species at risk, optimal stream flows, bioenergetic modelling of juvenile salmonid growth, and understanding how habitat structure affects energy flow in streams. In his spare time Jordan likes to sit on a couch watching TV.
"Metabolism has been called the fire of life because low-temperature oxidation of organic matter is what powers animal (and plant) life on planet earth. Although metabolic differentiation isn't obvious like wing shape or colour on birds and butterflies, it underlies much of global diversity. I will consider variation in metabolism from animals to plants to ecosystems, and present a bunch of random factoids that I Googled on the internet at the last minute or just made up."
Photo Credit: Joern Rohde