Dr. George Hudler holds a B.S. Degree in Forest Management and an M.S. Degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota. He was awarded the Ph.D. From Colorado State University in 1976 and immediately thereafter joined the faculty at Cornell. He teaches two courses: Pathology of Trees and Shrubs and Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds. He also conducts active outreach and research programs in the area of tree pathology, including publication of a bi-weekly pest management newsletter, BRANCHING OUT. He has received the Award of Merit and the Distinguished Arborist Award from the NYS Arborists Association, the Innovative Teaching Award and the Professor of Merit Award from Cornell`s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Phytopathological Society, the SUNY Chancellor`s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the USDA Northeast Region Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Hudler is also the author of a book of the same title as his popular undergraduate course - Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds. In 2004, George became chair of Cornell`s Department of Plant Pathology and, in conjunction with that appointment, also became the director of the Northeast Regional Center for the National Plant Diagnostic Network.