The Fungal Kingdom

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

Lalita Calabria
botany, phytochemistry, systematics
ecology, biology, mycology
  • UG


One year of general biology and one quarter of ecology/natural history.

Fungi. What are they? Where are they and what roles do they play in terrestrial ecosystems? How do they get their energy? How do they grow? What do they taste like? How do they interact with other organisms? This program will focus on understanding these unique and pivotal organisms through exploring the taxonomy, ecology, biology and physiology of fungi and lichens.

Our program time will consist of field work, laboratory work, lectures, workshops and seminars. There will also be one-day field trips and two multi-day field trips. There will be an emphasis on learning relevant field methods to assess biodiversity of lichens and fungi, along with developing the laboratory skills to identify lichens and mushrooms using chemical and microscopic techniques. Students will also learn methods for isolating and growing fungi. We will expect students to research topics in the primary scientific literature and to summarize and share their findings with the entire class. There will be opportunities for independent directed work, both individually and in small groups. Students will also have the chance to further their skills in technical writing, library research, critical thinking and public presentations.

If you are a student with a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact the faculty or the office of Access Services (Library Bldg. Rm. 2153, PH: 360.867.6348; TTY 360.867.6834) prior to the start of the quarter. If you require accessible transportation for field trips, please contact the faculty well in advance of the field trip dates to allow time to arrange this.


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Monday, September 26 at 9am (Sem II A1107)

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


$325 for field trips.


2016-03-02New fall opportunity added.