I am pleased to announce the schedule for the 2020 NYMS Emil Lang Lectures Series. We have a great line-up, with four speakers, so be sure to note the dates in your calendar!
The 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
These lectures are free and open to the public.
Mushrooms in Amber and Copal: A Fantastic Journey
Elinoar Shavit is an ethnomycologist, specializing in the use of fungi by indigenous people around the world. She is a frequent speaker in international and domestic conferences on issues of medicinal mushrooms, the use of desert truffles, and the conservation of desert-truffle habitats along with the traditions of the indigenous people who still use them. She has published numerous papers and book chapters on these topics, recently contributing two chapters to the authoritative volume Desert Truffles: Phylogeny, Physiology, Distribution and Domestication, in Springer Publications Soil Biology series. Elinoar Shavit is contributing editor at FUNGI magazine, past President of the New York Mycological Society, and past Chairperson of the Medicinal Mushrooms Committee at the North American Mycological Association. Elinoar is also a professional Gemologist, specializing in fossil mushroom inclusions in amber. She is a member of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Alumni Association, and past member of the American Gem Trade Association.
Bottoms Up! Community Science and the North American Mycoflora Project
Christian Schwarz is a naturalist currently living in Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied Ecology and Evolution at UCSC, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, collecting, and researching macrofungi. He is coauthor of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast. Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms – from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublimely beautiful. Besides dabbling in mushroom taxonomy, he loves fish, plants, nudibranchs, moths, and dragonflies. He is and passionate about citizen science, especially iNaturalist.
Historic Uses of Forest Fungi: Shaman, Emperors and Supernatural Mushrooms
Robert Blanchette is a professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Plant Pathology. Over the past 3+ decades he has taught classes and carried out research in mycology, forest pathology and wood microbiology. His research includes studies to better understand the biology and ecology of fungi that grow on wood and recent studies include the Ganoderma lucidum complex in North and South America, mechanisms fungi use to decay wood, subterranean fungi in mines and caves, fungal diversity in the Arctic and Antarctic, ethnomycology and others. He has worked closely with curators and conservators to identify fungi in museum collections and has assembled information on the extraordinary historic uses of forest fungi. The presentation will provide information on how Indigenous Peoples from different regions of the world utilize fungi including several fungi used by shaman that were thought to have supernatural powers. His research in Asia has revealed information on how Ganoderma and other fungi were used including their imperial use by Chinese Emperors. Many of the fungi that will be discussed are polypores or bracket fungi that grow on trees. Since they grow in many areas of the northern United States, including New York and New Jersey, photos of these fungi will be shown and their characteristics discussed so you can become more familiar with identifying them.
D. Jean Lodge
Do We Have European Wax Cap (Hygrophoraceae) Species? Or Are We Headed for Eurexit?
D. Jean Lodge is a mycologist who retired from the USDA-Forest Service and joined the University of Georgia as an adjunct professor. Her research includes classification of Hygrophoraceae and Tricholomataceae. She has authored over 100 publications and 75 species. She is a former President of the Mycological Society of America, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the North American Mycoflora Project.