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Thursday, August 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Origins of a Mycologist

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How can an ordinary person not trained as a scientist become a mycologist and get involved with research? And how far can you take it as a citizen scientist? Writer Jill Riddell gave it a try. She set out on a quest to understand how scientists discover new species—where do they find them, and how do they know when it’s something new? She started studying mites, moved on to mammals, and ended up in mushrooms. She spent hours in the woods and just like real scientists, spent even more time indoors with a microscope. The end result was becoming part of a team that found a type of chanterelle never before named or described. 

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Jill Riddell

Jill Riddell writes about nature and the environment, and is on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she teaches in the MFA in writing program. She’s been a museum vice president, the co-host of a podcast on green living and a newspaper columnist. Currently, she’s working on a book about finding a species new to science.

Thursday August 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

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