I just returned from a marine fungi workshop set up by Amy Gladfelter and supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The workshop was from May 7-9th at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. This was actually my second trip to Woods Hole, my first was in summer of 2015 to attend the Microbial Diversity course (click here to read a cheesey poem I wrote about the course).
The workshop started with everyone giving 5 minute lightning talks about their research. It was my first time presenting my research ideas to people outside of UC Davis and even though it was only a 5 minute presentation, I was scared to death. I am pretty sure I was literally shaking in the moments leading up to my talk and my imposter syndrome was yelling at me to run far far away so that the real mycologists (doubly scary since they were mostly all professors) wouldn’t know they’d invited a eco-evolutionary microbiologist / bioinformagician into their midst. I can’t really remember anything that happened in those 5 minutes, but I walked away feeling like I had crushed it (take that imposter syndrome).
Some possibly relevant literature that came up during talks: Amend 2014, Tisthammer et al 2016, Pang et al 2016, Schoch et al 2009, Ianiri et al 2016, Picard 2017, Burgaud et al 2013, Gifford et al 2016, Wurzbacher et al [preprint], Jones et al 2015
After the talks, we discussed what we thought were some big issues in marine mycology as a group before breaking up into 4 smaller groups with the goal of drafting white papers on these issues.
The 4 smaller group topics were:
- Who is out there? Identification and isolation of fungi from different parts of the marine environment
- How can marine fungi be studied? Establishing model systems to discover new biology
- What are fungi doing to influence the geochemical cycle of the ocean? Establishing the function of fungi in chemical cycling and contributions to climate
- How are fungi interacting with and shaping the marine biosphere? Identification of fungal interactions across scales of life in the ocean