Fieldwork in the Adirondacks

This week the lab is off on a field trip to the beautiful Huntington Wildlife Forest, which is connected to the Adirondack Ecological Center of SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. We had a full crew for this expedition, including all of the PolyPEET people and almost all of the lab. On Saturday the group will lead a foray and workshop for the public, and our colleague Tom Horton and his lab will come up from SUNY-ESF. Sadly, I had to leave early…

Otto Miettinen, Jaya Seelan, Alfredo Justo, Dimitris Floudas, Beatriz Ortiz-Santana, Rachael Martin, Romina Gazis, Alexis Carlson, Elisabet Sjokvist, Laszlo Nagy.

The Huntington Forest has a classic northern hardwood/mixed conifer community, with species like yellow and black birch (Betula alleghaniensis, B. lenta), sugar maple (Acer saccharum), beech (Fagus grandifolia), black cherry (Prunus serotina), balsam fir (Abies balsamea), hemlock (Tsuga canadensis; no adelgids…yet), and red spruce (Picea rubens). There are lots of nice lakes, including one just a short walk from the dorms at the AEC, with a stand of northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) fringing a sandy beach. SUNY-ESF is very fortunate to have this resource. I wonder if they need any more senior mycologists? (jk)

A more complete work-up of the fungal species (particularly polypores and corticioid forms) will be presented on the PolyPEET website later on. We also plan to provide the AEC with a preliminary check-list. For now, here are some semi-random pics taken with my phone (more mushroom photos taken by Laszlo Nagy can be viewed here):


Viburnum lantanoides “hobblebush”.

Gentiana clausa (or andrewsii?) “closed gentian”. This bumblebee was very adept at prying open the petals to climb into the flower.

Polyporus sp.

Xerula sp

Pholiota sp.

Mycena leaiana


Agaricus sp.

Cystostereum murraii

Climacodon septentrionale

Xylaria polymorpha

Elaphocordyceps ophioglossoides


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