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UT Professor Karen Hughes Presents “From the Ashes: The World of Fire Fungi” Friday, April 13

Karen Hughes, professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will present “From the Ashes: The World of Fire Fungi” at the next UT Science Forum, Friday, April 13.

After wildfires, a unique guild of pyrophyllus fungi appears on burned ground that are never observed on unburned soils. Where do they come from? What are they related to? What is their ecological role? Are there biogeographical patterns in their distribution? In the face of disaster, the fires in Gatlinburg have also provided an opportunity to explore the biology of these unique organisms and to answer questions about their roles in forest recovery.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, April 13 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac.