Britt Bunyard and Peter Russell lectures announced for June 2017

Basics of DNA Barcoding Applied to Waxcaps
Sunday, June 18, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
City College in upper Manhattan

Peter Russell was born and lived for 50 years in England. Originally a biologist (Ph.D. in Plant Population Biology), he has been, for many years, an active amateur mycologist. In England he belonged to various plant societies, and was fungi recorder for the Wildlife Trust, Sussex, UK.

Peter became interested in Waxcaps due to their importance as indicators of ancient undisturbed grassland, an increasingly rare and endangered habitat in Europe. He recorded over 250 grassland sites in his home county of Sussex, and uncovered some of the best Waxcap grasslands in the UK – several containing over 30 species.

For the last 10 years Peter has lived in the US and has forayed with COMA and NYMS. He picked up his old interests in Waxcaps, investigating the diversity and differences in species found in English grasslands, the East Coast Woodlands, and the West Coast Redwoods. To pursue this interest he joined a local community laboratory in Brooklyn (Genspace) where he has been DNA barcoding the specimens he collects from Europe and North America.

Britt Bunyard
Diptera Strangelove, Or, How the fly learned to stop worrying about amatoxins and love the death cap
Sunday, June 11, 2017
1:30 – 3:30
The Dana Center, Central Park

Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books, most recently Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States (2012) by The Ohio State University Press.

He has served as an editor for mycological and entomological research journals, and mushroom guide books. A popular evangelizer on all things fungal, Britt has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, National Geographic Magazine, PBS’s NOVA television program, and in 2016 was made Executive Director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. He is the co-editor of MycoEpithalamia: Mushroom Wedding Poems (The FUNGI Press, 2016).