Magic Mushrooms: Improving Landscape Performance and Engagement with Fungi - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 GBCI SITES-Specific CE
The session discusses the past, present, and future of fungi in landscape architecture, including emerging science regarding mycelium, soil microbiomes, and mycorrhizal relationships. The talk explores the opportunities and constraints of working with fungi in green infrastructure projects, mycoremediation, stormwater management, mitigating tree mortality, sequestering carbon, and community engagement.
The GBCI course ID for this course is 920026645, providing SITES-specific CE hours required to maintain SITES AP credentials. Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants will need to self-report CE hours through their credentials account on https://sitesonline.usgbc.org.
- Develop a basic understanding of fungi's role in the ecosystem, and the ecological services they provide.
- Understand how fungi perform as an emerging green infrastructure technology to clean stormwater, increase nutrient cycling in soils, sink more carbon, improve moisture retention of soils, and stabilize steep slopes.
- Understand the role of mycelium in erosion control, contaminant degradation, nutrient cycling, and supporting individual and community plant health.
- Understand the conditions mycelium needs to thrive, and their limitations when being used as part of green infrastructure systems and other landscape architecture projects.
Courtney Goode, ASLA
Goode Landscape Studio & Rhode Island School of Design
Courtney is the Founding Principal of Goode Landscape Studio and has a background in landscape architecture, visual media, and industrial design. She believes in the power of landscapes to to create healthy, diverse, and sustainable communities. She serves on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her work is published and exhibited widely. She holds an MLA I from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a BFA in Design from the University of Texas.
Kate Kennen, ASLA
Owner & Associate Teaching Professor
Offshoots, Inc. & Northeastern University
Kate Kennen is founder of Offshoots, Inc., a Boston, MA landscape architecture and horticultural installation practice focused on productive planting techniques and phytotechnology consulting. She grew up on her family’s garden center Pleasant View Nursery, which she now helps operate, and has degrees from Cornell University and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design with distinction in Landscape Architecture. Kate’s book, co-authored with Niall Kirkwood, PHYTO: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design, received national awards. Kate is also a fulltime faculty member at Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design teaching landscape technologies and planting design.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Jennifer Bhatnagar is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Boston University studying the ecology, chemistry, and biology of microorganisms in the environment with the goal of uncovering the biochemical mechanisms that microbes use to drive carbon and nutrient cycling through ecosystems. Dr. Bhatnagar focuses on Fungi, because they are directly responsible for moving energy and elements between the biosphere and the atmosphere and have a long and interesting history in human society. Her current research includes the secretomes of plant-fungal interactions, and resistance and resilience of microbial guilds and biogeochemical functions to climate change.
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