In 2017 alone, mushroom sales accounted for more than $1.2 billion in U.S. economic
impact with over 929 million pounds produced according to the American Mushroom Institute.
Yet these spore-bearing fruiting bodies of fungi, known for their nutritional and
medicinal properties, are still underutilized.
The mission of FAFL is to provide opportunities in research, training, and service
related to forensic anthropology and related disciplines. Our field lab includes a
variety of open, wooded, and underground environments to facilitate cutting-edge research
and training in clandestine grave recovery. The FAFL is part of KSU’s Skeletal Variation Research Group, which also includes the Bone Biomechanics Lab. These resources are available to students, researchers, and law enforcement agencies.
Training courses for law enforcement and medicolegal professionals will begin in summer
Please contact FAFL Director, Dr. Alice Gooding if you are interested in research collaboration or professional development opportunities.
Urbanization and Birds
Urban environments can offer increased opportunities for wildlife—such as new types
of food or shelter—but also new dangers. Building sustainable cities will require
understanding how urban living influences animals, including both the benefits and
costs that come with life in these novel environments. At the Kennesaw State University
Field Station, the Guindre-Parker lab is exploring how urbanization shapes the behavior and physiological health of birds.
The surprising discovery of two wild American chestnut trees at the KSU Field Station
was the catalyst for a new area of research in conservation. Field Station Operations
Manager Michael Blackwell and Dr. Kyle Gabriel received a grant from The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), which originally confirmed the identification of the trees through genetic testing.
Their grant is to explore innovative biotechnologies to improve the survival of laboratory-propagated
American chestnut plantlets developed for disease resistance. They have also just
started a collaboration with TACF to plant a blight-resistant American chestnut orchard
at the Field Station for future restoration efforts.
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