Dr. Matt Trappe, Dept. of Botany, OSU, is a research ecologist with over 18 years experience working in western forests. Matt's specialties are disturbance ecology (particularly fire), mycology and soil microbiology, DNA and isotopic analysis, forestry, and botany. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and a M.S. in Forest Science, both from Oregon State University. Matt has previously worked as a Research Intern for the US Department of Agricultural, Horticultural Crops Research Lab in Corvallis, Oregon, and for the OSU College of Forestry with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, and taught graduate-level courses on mycology and non-timber forest products at OSU. He is an authority on hypogeous fungi (Truffles), and was the lead author of The Field Guide to North American Truffle and leads truffling forays for the North American Truffling Society.