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Thursday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.: Slime molds of the San Gabriel Mountains, with Stu Pickell: Myxomycetes, or plasmodial slime molds, are a class of organisms that have captured some public attention in recent years through sci-fi-sounding headlines about their apparent intelligence and photos of their colorful and intricate structures shared by photographers on social media. These single-celled organisms, which can be found almost anywhere there is water and decaying plant material, baffled 19th century taxonomists with their characteristics that seemed both animal and fungal. Stu Pickell will share some of the fascinating biology of these organisms along with photographs and observations from his exploration of their surprising diversity in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Stu Pickell is a slime mold and fungi enthusiast currently residing in Pasadena. His interest in fungi began while attending college in Portland, OR after becoming aware of the enormous fungal biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest. Since moving to the Los Angeles area in 2015 he’s been documenting and photographing often-overlooked species of fungi and myxomycetes (plasmodial slime molds), focusing on riparian areas of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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