Date: Monday, April 30

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

Fungi play large, often unrecognized roles in nature and in shaping past and present civilizations. Their “work” in the world has both historical and practical significance. They are, at once, decayers, pathogens of plants and animals, symbionts, food, and sources of antibiotics and mind-altering chemicals. In this presentation, you will hear the multifaceted tales of fungi, with a special emphasis on those found here in the Rocky Mountains and featured in the presenter’s latest book.

Presenter: Cathy Cripps

CrippsCathy Cripps is a mycologist at MSU where she teaches several courses on mushrooms and fungi. Research trips to study Arctic and alpine fungi have taken her to Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, and Finland. Cathy also works on the restoration of whitebark pine using native fungi. With over 40 years of collecting mushrooms in the Rocky Mountains, her love and enthusiasm for the region’s fungal creatures runs deep. She is author of numerous journal articles and several books, including the most recent— Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat.