HUH Seminar Series - Donald Pfister


Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 12:00am to 1:00pm


22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, HUH Seminar Room 125

Donald H. Pfister
Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany
Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany
Harvard University

Topic: Diversity in the Pezizomycetes and Orbiliomycetes

These two classes of Ascomycota offer examples of ways of thinking about species diversity and some of the factors that come to play in detailed studies of fungi. In some cases collecting in habitats that have not been well explored reveal hidden diversity; in other cases a failure to recognize significant morphological characters has led to under estimates of diversity. Use of molecular sequence data has help to resolve some of these questions. Using several examples of fungi both large and small a picture emerges of why the numbers of fungi have been so regularly underestimated.