Sunday, February 16 4:00pm Freight Depot Theater, Hubbard Hall FREE (Donations in support of the series gratefully accepted.) Sue Van Hook, Chief Mycologist at Ecovative will speak about
Sunday, February 16
Freight Depot Theater, Hubbard Hall
FREE (Donations in support of the series gratefully accepted.)
Sue Van Hook, Chief Mycologist at Ecovative will speak about the power of the fungi in healing the planet. She’ll share the work of Ecovative, a 6 year old start up company in Green Island, NY that grows mushroom materials as biodegradable replacements for plastic foams. The company has licensed its protective packaging line to Sealed Air Corporation and is moving forward with 100 natural composites for the building, automotive and flotation industries.
Sue Van Hook is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 38 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, an authority on pink-spored mushrooms and author of the How to Identify Mushrooms series of books.
Sue worked for 10 years in land conservation for The Nature Conservancy managing a Northern California coastal dunes preserve where she also conducted her graduate fieldwork. She moved to Belgrade, Maine in the mid-eighties and worked as Director of Land Conservation and Stewardship for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and currently works as the Chief Mycologist for a new green tech company, Ecovative Design in Troy, NY. She joins us to speak about the importance of maintaining connections with nature for new bioadaptive technologies.