Episode 16: The Great Lakes

Welcome back, citizen!

What’s got people so excited about the Great Lakes? A great discovery in the lakes is getting a lot of attention lately. So, I spoke to the researchers who plumbed the depths of the Great Lakes and brought up something surprising. My guests this time are Dr. Andrew Millerfrom the University of Illinois and Dr. Robert Cichewiczfrom the University of Oklahoma.

If you want to learn more about this episode’s topics, here are some links:

Science Direct article
“What Lies Beneath? Fungal diversity at the Bottom of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior”
Illinois Prairie Research Institute article
“Scientists find new fungi at the bottom of the Great Lakes”
Michigan Radio article
“Could a fungus from the bottom of a the Great Lakes hold a cure for cancer?”
citizen science project
What’s In Your Backyard?

Thank you to Dr. Miller and Dr. Cichewicz for sharing their remarkable discoveries with me, to Rowen Cannon for providing transcription, and to Leslie Masson of the Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United group. You can access a transcript of this episode here.

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music used via Creative Commons license through Freesound.  Background music is Flammulina velutipes by Keiss.

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