This fall (2017), the EEB468 Biology of Fungi class will be visiting the ESGR for two days of mushroom foraying. As one of the assignments, students are asked to collect, identify, and preserve 15 or more fungal specimens. Having an untouched forest to hunt is an amazing resource for UM students and faculty, and the proximity to campus is a major plus. The weekend field trip is a great bonding experience for the students, and it gives them time to really disconnect with the hectic pace on central campus and sit in front of a scope, field guides and a pile of mushrooms and lose themselves in the amazing biodiversity that we have in Michigan.
–Associate Professor Timothy James
– SOIL SAMPLING –
On September 23, 2017 the ESGR will host the first visit of U of M’s EARTH 442 – Earth Surface Processes and Soils, led by Nathan Sheldon of the Earth And Environmental Sciences Department. The course will do microsampling of various forest and bog habitats for the purpose of determining the correspondence between standing vegetation and C, N, and C-isotopic compositions. The course will also highlight methods for sampling soils in a non-destructive way, sampling conductivity, and various commonly collected soil characteristics. The ESGR will be provided with data from their analysis on georeferenced soil sites. Win Win!