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Lectures will be held on Monday nights, from 6:00-8:00, at the Central Park Arsenal. The entrance is just off 5th Ave. at 64th St.
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 5th Ave., Rm 318 (@ 64th St.)
New York, NY 10065

February 26th

Ethan Crenson

“Blotches, Spots, and Bumps on Logs: Getting Small To Find Unknown Fungal Treasures Staring Us In the Face”

Ethan Crenson received an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in the 1990s. He runs two companies, a graphic design company and a gallery/publishing house for artists’ multiples. He became interested in fungi around 10 years ago and joined the New York Mycological Society shortly thereafter. He is an active contributor to the five borough fungal survey, Gary Lincoff’s effort to inventory the fungal inhabitants of NYC. He became interested in very small fungi about three years ago.

March 19th

Roy Halling

“Mushrooms of Costa Rica: An Overview”

Roy Halling received a masters degree in 1976 at San Francisco State University with a thesis on the Boletaceae of the Sierra Nevada. He earned a docterate degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1980. He then held a two-year postdoctoral position at Harvard University at the Farlow Herbarium. In 1983 he accepted the position of assistant curator of mycology at the New York Botanical Garden, where he currently holds the position of research mycologist and curator of mycology. While in New York, he began to focus on the macrofungi of South America. He obtained a National Science Foundation grant to do a survey of the Collybia in South America. This survey began a fifteen-year collaboration with Dr. Greg Mueller to document to macrofungi of the oak forests in Costa Rica. He continues his work in Costa Rica and is actively involved in international collaboration with other specialists on the systematics, biogeography, and phylogeny of boletes, with particular emphasis in Australia and Southeast Asia.

April 23rd

Rachel Swenie

“Mushrooms with Teeth: The History, Diversity, and Edibility of the Mushroom Genus Hydnum

Rachel Swenie is PhD student in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, where she studies the diversity, evolution, and biogeography of mushroom-forming fungi. She has done mycological field work throughout the southeastern US and in southern South America. Originally from Chicago, Rachel formerly ran an edible mushroom farm where she cultivated a variety of gourmet mushrooms.

May 21st

Richard Jacob

“DNA Barcoding and the Mycoflora Project”

Richard Jacob is a scientist working in the field of proteomics identifying and quantitating peptides and proteins. His work has taken him from his home town of Cambridge in the UK to Germany and the USA. He became very interested in mushrooms when he moved to Pittsburgh and found morels growing in the backyard and joined Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club so that he could learn how to find more. Recently Richard has used his scientific background to pioneer the clubs DNA barcoding project and he is a member of the NAMA Mycoflora committee. In 2016 Richard was awarded the Harry and Elsie Knighton Service Award by NAMA for his contributions to the WPMC and wider community.

Eagle Hill Announces 2018 Mycology Workshops


May 27 – June 2

Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens

Fred Olday

June 3 – 9

Sterile Crustose Lichens Unveiled

James Lendemer

June 24 – 30

Lichens and Lichen Ecology

David Richardson and Mark Seaward

July 2 – 8

Lichens & Lichen Ecology

David Richardson and Mark Seaward

July 29 – August 4

Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles:
Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms

Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey

August 19 – 25

Mushroom Microscopy: An Exploration of the
Intricate Microscopic World of Mushrooms

David Porter and Michaeline Mulvey

August 19 – 25

Fall Maine Mushrooms

David Porter and Michaeline Mulvey

October 26 – 28

Crustose and Foliose Lichens

Fred Olday

For complete information including tuition, seminar descriptions, and on-campus accommodations visit their website at:


Acute Toxicity of Phalloidins

[Editor’s Note: Debbie Viiess is an Amanita expert from northern California]

Acute Toxicity of Phalloidins: Amatoxin’s Silent Partner

Debbie Viess “amanitarita”

Amanita_phalloides_01Most of us know about amatoxins and deadly amanita poisonings: a terrible way to die and not much fun even if you survive, but you have to actually EAT phalloides to be poisoned by amatoxins. What most people don’t know is that the deadly amanitas also contain an even more potent and deadly toxin: phalloidin. Continue reading

Wildflower Week Fungi Walk at Inwood Hill Park

On Saturday, May 17th our Wildflower Week walk in Inwood Hill Park had a nice big group of the myco-curious. The weather was perfect, lots of mushrooms (see below) to introduce the gathering. See Gary Lincoff’s photos here.

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INWOOD HILL PARK / May 17, 2014

ASCOMYCETES Morchella diminutiva Xylariaceae spp. (undetermined)

JELLY FUNGI Exdia recisa

CRUST and PARCHMENT FUNGI Botryobasidium aureum Peniophora albobadia Stereum complicatum Stereum hirsutum

POLYPORES Cerrena unicolor Ganoderma applanatum Polyporus craterellus Polyporus squamosus Pycnoporus cinnabarinus Trametes hirsuta Trametes versicolor Trichaptum biforme

GILLED MUSHROOMS Agaricus bitorquis Coprinus sp. (tiny) Coprinus sp. (large) (not micaceus) Crepidotus crocophyllus Entoloma sp. Gymnopus sp. Mycena spp. Phylotopsis nidulans Psathyrella sp.