Sir Julian Huxley Lecture 2017: Fungi in the Oceans Deep

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: Systematics Association/Linnean Society of London
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

PARTNER EVENT 18:00–19:00 Thursday 2 November 2017

In association with The Systematics Association.

Image by lpittman via Pixabay

The Fungi is a hugely diverse kingdom made up mainly of microbial forms. A large diversity of fungi dominates many terrestrial environments such as soil, leaf litter and plant associated environments, forming key interactions with plants as both friend and foe. One of their chief functions on land is to decompose and recycle biological material. In contrast, the diversity and function of fungi in the oceans is largely a mystery. Yet the process of biological decomposition in the marine system is a key factor in understanding global biogeochemical cycles and carbon storage. In this talk Tom Richards will discuss recent data demonstrating that aquatic environments host a huge diversity of fungal-like organisms and will show the approaches for investigating the role of fungi in the marine system, including the exploration of deep-sea environments. 

Professor Thomas Richards is a Royal Society University Research Fellow, EMBO Young Investigator, Professor of Evolutionary Genomics at the University of Exeter, and a 2017 Miller Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His interests include the diversity and evolution of eukaryotic microbes. His work focuses on the role of endosymbiosis and horizontal gene transfer in the evolution of the eukaryotes and understanding how the vast diversity of microbial forms fit on to the tree of life.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.

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