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News from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography . . .

Friends of Oceanography Offers Field Trip to Identify Wild Mushrooms

Narragansett, R.I .-- August 22, 2001 -- Finding fungi can be fun, and fall is the ideal time to enjoy identifying wild mushrooms while walking along the trails at URI’s W. Alton Jones Campus. Friends of Oceanography will host a field trip that should be perfect for locating mushrooms after this year’s rainy, damp New England summer.

On Wednesday, September 19, at 1 p.m. University of Rhode Island botany professor emeritus Dr. Roger Goos will take participants on a guided walk through the Netty Jones Nature Preserve on the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich. The 2-hour walk will not focus on finding edible mushrooms, but will show participants ways to identify fungi from a biological perspective.

Participants will meet at the Netty Jones Nature Preserve at 1 p.m. Walkers are encouraged to wear appropriate shoes for walking on trails.

Cost for the walk is $2 for members of Friends of Oceanography and $5 for non-members. Preregistration by September 14 is required. For information or registration, call 874-6602.
Dr. Roger Goos, a mycologist (a botanist who studies fungi) specializing in Helicosporae, received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was appointed Associate Professor of Botany at URI in 1970 where he eventually served as chairman of the department from 1971-1986, retiring from the University in 1995. A member of many professional organizations, he served as President of the Mycological Society of America from 1985-1986.

Established in 1985 to support and promote the activities of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Friends of Oceanography informs and educates the membership and the general public about the scientific, technological, and environmental research that takes place at GSO. The organization sponsors public lectures, open houses, marine-related mini-courses, science cruises on Narragansett Bay, and an annual auction. The Friends office is located in the Coastal Institute Building on URI's Narragansett Bay Campus. For information about Friends of Oceanography, call 874-6602.

Contact:: Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642, lcugini@gso.uri.edu

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