I’m moving to a Markdown-based blog using Jekyll and github pages hosting!
Please excuse the mess while I get my site in working order. I’m hopeful that this site will be updated more frequently once I make the switch.
I’m excited to announce that, a collaboration between Dr. Ellen Crocker, Dr. Susan Odom and myself has secured an NSF EPSCoR (National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to bring a science conference for young girls to University of Kentucky. The conference, an extension of the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) network, is a great opportunity for young girls, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. The conference will be held April 29, 2017.
I’m excited to announce that my wife Dr. Ellen Crocker and I will be teaching a workshop at the Floracliff Nature Sanctuary on Friday and Saturday, October 14th-15th 2016. I’m particularly proud to partner with Floracliff: it’s a beautiful nature preserve with very cool educational opportunities available to the public. Ellen has taken Rob Paratley’s fern workshop and she said it was fantastic.
No promises, but our last foray into the Daniel Boone National Forest was beautiful, and yielded a pound or two of some nice chanterelles.
Wild chanterelles harvested this summer in Kentucky. Chanterelles are an example of an easy to identify edible wild mushroom. The only poisonous look-a-like to the chanterelle is the Jack O’Lantern mushroom. Beginning mushroom hunters will learn that chanterelles have false gills, unlike the Jack O’Lantern. Additionaly, Jack O’Lanterns tend to grow in dense clusters, whereas chanterelles emerge distinctly.
While the workshop is full, please think about signing up for the waitlist or contacting me to hear more about future mushroom forays.
Participants can expect to learn the basics of fungal biology, the many ways in which fungi participate in their communities, and the principles of fungal identification. We don’t claim to be mushroom identification experts (in fact we are routinely humbled when attending mycological forays). However, we are trained mycologists who can teach you to appreciate the different types of fungi and the tools used to identify them.
While we will talk about identification of wild mushrooms, collecting and eating wild mushrooms can be a dangerous, even deadly, past time. In fact, Ellen has written an excellent fact sheet on the dangers of wild mushroom consumption. I would recommend that novice mushroom hunters consult with an expert until they are extremely confident in their mushroom identification. Even then, novice hunters should set aside 1 or 2 mushrooms if they plan to consume them. This will be extremely useful for identifying the consumed mushroom in the event of an unintentional poisoning.
A tentative itinerary can be found here.
I am now the technical officer for the University of Kentucky Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS).
If you have any questions about SOPs, especially regarding the mailing list or the website, please let me know.
For those of you running MacQIIME on OSX El Capitan or higher, you may (like me) find that the MacQIIME executable is no longer in your path.
I was a little confused:I couldn’t find it on my system, although I still had my MacQIIME installation in the default location. What gives?
After reinstalling MacQIIME with no luck, I finally looked at the documentation (serves me right for being lazy). Turns out that the developers are aware of this issue, and plan to fix it soon. For now, they offer the below line of code to execute the MacQIIME shell:
<span class="hljs-keyword">source</span> <span class="hljs-regexp">/macqiime/</span>configs<span class="hljs-regexp">/bash_profile.txt </span>
More permanent solutions are also posted on their install page. Thanks to the Werner lab for maintaining MacQIIME.