Capturing carbon in the Soil Sponge with Fungi with Sue Van Hook
Today we welcome the renown and beloved mycologist, Sue Van Hook. Sue specializes in mycorrhizal fungi, soil health, and the soil sponge. Sue discusses fungi's role in the carbon life cycle and what this means for climate change. Join us to take a deep dive into this vital system.
Sue is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 45 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. While at Skidmore she served as a mycological consultant to Ecovative for the first three years before becoming the full time Mycologist at the company. In her retirement she consults and teaches about fungi.