March 2015

Humboldt State University

Terry Henkel, PhD.

Dimensions of Fungal Biodiversity from both Temperate and Tropical Perspectives?

Dr. Terry Henkel received his PhD from Duke University in 2001, and has taught at HSU since 2002. The study of fungi, “mycology”, has been a strong dimension of the Botany Program at HSU for over 40 years, and Dr. Henkel has maintained this tradition by offering courses in Microfungi, Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes, Forest Pathology, and a field course in identification of northern California mushrooms. Dr. Henkel’s research has pioneered the study of macrofungal biodiversity and ecological relationships in the tropical rainforests of South America’s Guiana Shield, one of the most remote, pristine, and poorly studied tropical regions of the world. Locally, Henkel and graduate students have examined the overlooked, but important roles of indigenous forest pathogenic fungi in shaping community structure of mixed coniferous forests of the northern California Coast Range. This work has led to nearly 60 peer-reviewed publications with numerous student co-authors.

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