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Online Lectures and Presentations for Spring/Summer 2020

NYMS is adapting to the circumstances in which we all find ourselves due to the COVID 19 pandemic. In an effort to bring the Society informative, entertaining, and educational programming, we will be scheduling online lectures and presentations using Zoom. The NYMS has the capacity to host 500 participants in lectures and programs. The details of the presentations will be listed on this page as they are confirmed. Our first lecture will be by Sigrid Jakob and will cover psychoactive mushrooms. In addition to lectures we will continue to hold our Foul Weather Friends mushroom identification sessions, albeit in online Zoom sessions. Please check this page and NYMS email notifications, for more details.

These lectures are open to all NYMS members.

Please note corrected date

Wednesday December 9th, 7:00pm
John Michelotti
How to Quit Your Job and Devote Your Life to Mushrooms

John Michelotti Photo by Sigrid JunkermannGary Lincoff said to “Quit your job and devote your life to mushrooms”. I heeded this advice back in 2014 and have been happier ever since. Last year at a few Forays I met multiple people that were ready to follow Gary’s advice but didn’t know how to do it or where to start. Hear stories of other devotees and see to what key values & tools they attribute their success. Take the next steps toward your fungally devoted future and discover real ways to realize this dream that many of us share.

About John Michelotti of Catskill Fungi:
John Michelotti is the founder of Catskill Fungi which empowers people with fungi through outdoor educational classes, cultivation courses, mushroom art, and mushroom health extracts. John is a former President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA) where he co-founded the Gary Lincoff Memorial Scholarship. He served on the Mushroom Advisory Panel for Certified Naturally Grown to develop ecological standards in mushroom production. He was chosen by the Catskill Center as a “Steward of the Catskills” for his contribution to the environment. His goal is to educate and inspire people to pair with fungi to improve health, communities, and the environment. Visit his web site:
Catskill Fungi

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, December 4th, 7:00pm
Cathy Cripps
Mushrooms in Cold Places: Rocky Mountain peaks to the Arctic tundra

Cathy Cripps in FinlandThe cold wind-swept tundra above treeline on mountain tops and in the Arctic, is not the usual place to look for mushrooms. These are some of the coldest places on earth. But the mushrooms are there: tucked under willows, nestled among mosses, lying exposed in meadows, and poking up on bare wet soil. These cold-hardy fungi play critical roles as decomposers and nutrient gatherers for alpine plants in these extreme environments. Their diversity is surprising given the harsh conditions. This talk will display these Arctic and Alpine beauties in their natural habitats primarily in the scenic Rocky Mountains and the open landscapes of the Arctic and discuss how past glaciation has influenced their distribution.

About Cathy Cripps:
Cathy Cripps is mycologist and professor at Montana State University where she teaches and does research on fungi. She earned her BS from the University of Michigan and PhD from Virginia Tech with Dr. Orson Miller. Her research on mushrooms that survive in Arctic and alpine habitats has taken her to Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, Greenland, the Austrian Alps, and Finland. She is co-author of “The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat”, editor of “Fungi in Forest Ecosystems” and “Arctic and Alpine Mycology 8”, and she has authored numerous scientific papers. With over 40 years of experience collecting mushrooms, first as an amateur when she lived in a cabin in Colorado and later as a professional leading forays and teaching field classes in Montana, her love and enthusiasm for the Rocky Mountains and its fungal creatures runs deep.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday October 30th @ 7pm
Luke Smithson
The Post Maitake Season: Late Fall Edibles

luke smithsonMaitake season may be dwindling but there is still a whole season of great edibles to be found in the Mid-Atlantic region. We will explore some of the wild culinary mushrooms that are still to be found in the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barren habitats, the Piedmont ecoregion and our urban parks.

About Luke Smithson:
Luke Smithson is a former president of the New Jersey Mycological Association and a professional chef in the Philadelphia area. He has been foraging and eating wild mushrooms for 25 years and continues to seek out new edible mushrooms and cooking methods. He regularly presents mushroom cooking demonstrations for NJMA and beyond.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, October 2nd, 7:00pm
Leon Shernoff
Edible Fall Fungi

Leon ShernoffAutumn is the peak season for mushrooms (find out why at the talk!) and Leon will share his knowledge of the mushrooms of the Mid Atlantic Region (poisonous, edible, and in-between!) and the role fungi play in our ecosystem.

About Leon Shernoff:
Leon Shernoff is currently in his seventeenth year as editor of the internationally distributed magazine Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming. For the past few years he has also been developing the Fungal Data System, a custom data store for mushroom morphological data.
In addition to Mushroom the Journal, his columns on wild mushrooms have appeared in The Wild Foods Network, Backwoods Home Magazine, and Mycophile, the newsletter of the North American Mycological Association. A former president of the Illinois Mycological Association, Leon has given mushroom talks and identified mushrooms for forays in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oregon and Washington. Fungi that he has collected are now part of the permanent collection of the Field Museum in Chicago and the New York Botanical Gardens.

Leon stresses the wonder of fungi and their interactions with nature, rather than just identification of species and knowledge of edibility. He is also one of the rare people who can present technical information with historical background and humor, instead of masses of detail. From the often-overlooked to the all-too-common, Leon usually has that little extra bit of information that makes us aware of the marvel and mystery that is mushrooming.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, August 28th, 7:00pm
Bill Yule
Bugs, Slugs and Other Mushroom Thugs

Bill YuleBill Yule will explore the diversity of the non-human animals that inhabit mushrooms and use fungi for food, shelter and to raise their families.  As Sam Ristich used to say “Mushrooms are just perfect insect condominiums.”

About Bill Yule:
Bill Yule is a field biologist, former High School Biology teacher and an Environmental Education teacher.  He has taught at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. for 16 years.  He is a member, officer and former Education Chair of the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society since 1988.  He is also a member of COMA, Pioneer Valley Mycological and NAMA. He is a principal identifier, lecturer and presenter in major forays in the east for 20+ years and participates in numerous events for the NEMF, COMA and CVMS. Bill has given presentations about fungi to dozens of environmental organizations and clubs all across the Northeast. Bill’s interests are fungal ecology, insect/fungal relationships, Boletes and all other mycorrhizal mushrooms and all things fungi.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, September 4th, 7:00pm
Jasmine Richardson
The Limitations of North American Truffle Production: Why the Delay?

Jasmine RichardsonThe conditions for growing the black Périgord truffle are suitable in multiple American regions, and the demand for the truffle remains high worldwide. Still, the cultivation of Tuber melanosporum has been largely underwhelming. While establishing her truffle orchard, Jasmine Richardson has spent several years learning the ins-and-outs of truffle cultivation of highly productive orchards in Europe and newly productive orchards in North America. Jasmine will give a presentation on her observations of Northern American-specific challenges in domestic orchards, the limitations of establishing her own orchard, and regional-based solutions for American farmers and mycologists.

About Jasmine Richardson:
Jasmine Richardson is a microscopist specializing in the identification of mycorrhizae found in European and North American truffle orchards and fungal endophytes. She is currently establishing a Tuber melanosporum orchard on her family farm in Southern Virginia. Jasmine is the former vice president of the San Francisco Microscopical Society and regularly hosts microscopical and mushroom cultivation workshops in the Bay Area. She is passionate about fostering scientific and community-based collaborations and bridging the divide between conventional American farming and mycology.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, September 18th, 7:00pm
Jay Justice
A look at Amanitas in the NE region of the US

Jay JusticeThis presentation will offer some interesting information about members of this genus. After viewing this presentation, folks should have a better understanding of the differences in the appearance of members of this genus and knowledge of the salient features present in the species that comprise the seven known sections contained within this genus.

About Jay Justice:
Jay Justice became enthralled with mushrooms and fungi while pursuing a graduate degree many years ago. After completing his graduate degree, Jay joined the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) in 1980. In 1982, he was instrumental in forming the Arkansas Mycological Society and participated in his first NAMA foray in 1985. Jay has been a prominent member of NAMA, and a well known mycologist in the decades since. Within NAMA, Jay has served in many roles: Foray Chairman for the NAMA foray committee, Editor of The Mycophile (NAMA’s newsletter), and was Vice President of NAMA for several years. In 2011, Justice was the recipient of the Gary Lincoff Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology, an award that is given each year by NAMA to recognize service performed by selected amateur or professional mycologists. He has co-authored several research papers in mycological journals. In addition, Jay has collected and contributed many scientific research specimens of Amanitas to Dr. Rod Tulloss over the years. These collections have been useful in mapping the distributional boundaries of many species. Jay continues to serve as a lecturer and mushroom foray leader for mycological societies and mushroom clubs, particularly in the Southeast. He has recently co-authored the book Amantias in North America, which was published in June of this year.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, August 7th, 7:00pm
Gary Gilbert

Gary GilbertThe next installment of the NYMS Zoom presentation series brings us Gary Gilbert of the Boston Mycological Club, who will regale us with tales of his extensive mycological travels!
Colorado Porcinis, Western Morels and Italian Truffles! How each region works, what to expect, ‘Motherloads’, cooking and lots of tips & tricks and fun personalities…

About Gary Gilbert:
Gary Gilbert is an active walk leader with the Boston Mycological Club as well as administrator of the Mushroom Identification Page on Facebook. He regularly teaches classes and leads walks in the Cape Ann area and is soon to publish a new product “MycoCards: Mushroom Flashcards for learning”. He began mushrooming in the 1980’s as a member of the Puget Sound Mycological Society and regularly travels the country foraging, collecting for identification and trying to develop new ways for people to learn about fungi.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, June 19th, 7:00
Tom Bigelow
An Introduction to Polypores

Coltricia montagnei Tom BigelowWhat can you know about a polypore when you don’t know what it is? A lot, it turns out: you can know something of its lifestyle, likes, and habits. This presentation reviews the basics of polypores, and touches on the group’s unsettled taxonomic status, and their historical and contemporary uses. This talk will be a good follow-up to Paul Sadowski’s recent presentation, “The Other Bracketology,” which explored the social, family, and sex lives of polypores.

About Tom Bigelow:
Tom Bigelow has been a member of the New York Mycological Society for 13 years and has served as the club’s president for the past four.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, June 5th, 7:00

Paul Sadowski
The Other Bracketology

Since we missed out on March Madness this year, join a Zoom presentation exploring the social, family, and sex lives of polypores.

About Paul Sadowski:
Paul Sadowski has been an active amateur mycologist for over twenty-five years. He has studied mushrooms under the mentorship of Gary Lincoff, Tom Volk, Aaron Norarevian, Dennis Aita and others. He has been a working member of the New York Mycological Society during these years as Treasurer and Secretary, coordinator of the Monday Night Study Group (the Foul Weather Friends) and has led microscopy workshops for the Society. In 2010 he received The North American Mycological Association’s Harry and Elsie Knighton Service Award. Paul has also been involved in the operations of the Northeast Mycological Federation, serving as Treasurer since 2011. He chaired the 2017 NEMF Samuel Ristich Foray. Sadowski has presented numerous programs in New York and New Jersey for an audience of the mycologically curious members of garden clubs and conservancies. Since 2016 he has been an instructor in Mycology in the New York Botanical Garden Adult Education Program, offering classes in mushroom identification, Medicinal & Poisonous and miroscopy. In 2007 and 2008 with the Greenbrook Sanctuary naturalist, Nancy Slowik, they embarked on a survey of fungi within the Sanctuary’s property in the New Jersey Palisades. The experience led him to study polypores with the eminent mycologist Tom Volk at a seminar held at Eagle Hill, the Humboldt Field Research Center in Steubenville, Maine. The Charles Horton Peck Foray, the annual meeting of students of mycology and mushroom hobbyists is a touchstone for Mr. Sadowski. The relaxed atmosphere of this congregation is at once mentoring and rejuvenating. He has coordinated support from the NYMS in sponsoring three forays. Each year since 2009 Mr. Sadowski has led presentations and walks at Inwood Hill Park on behalf of the NYC Parks Department in cooperation with the Greenacre Foundation.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, May 29th, 7:00

Sigrid Jakob and Ethan Crenson
Mushrooms 101

With the mushroom season just around the corner now is the perfect time to learn how to identify common fungi of the Northeast. This lecture is aimed at beginners and will cover tools and terminology, the basics of identifying fungi, and how to differentiate the delicious from the deadly -whether you’re picking for the pot or simply like to put a name to the next mushroom you see.

About Sigrid Jakob:
Sigrid Jakob is an independent strategist based in Greenwood Heights, NYC and a dedicated recorder of the fungi of Green-Wood Cemetery and Prospect Park. She’s not only a volunteer for the North American Mycoflora Project, but also has her own home DNA sequencing lab. She has a particular interest in Russulas and fungi growing on dung. Sigrid has presented programs to the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association, the Boston Mycological Club, the New Jersey Mycological Association, and numerous programs for the NYMS. Follow her on Istagram: @dung_fungi

About Ethan Crenson:
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 about 13 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 has a keen interest in pyrenomycetous fungi, and has presented programs on these “dots on sticks and scabs on branches” at NEMF and NAMA forays and on several occasions to the NYMS.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday, May 22nd at 7:00

Lawrence Millman
Q&A: Looking for fungi in the context of Covid-19

followed by. . .

The PsychroWard: Fungi in the Cold

The next installment of the NYMS Zoom presentation series brings us Lawrence Millman!

Clitocybe glacialis Teton COFollowing a few remarks about fungal foraging in the context of Covid-19, Lawrence Millman will give a presentation on fungi in the North – their adaptations to cold conditions and the possible effects of climate change on those adaptations. He’ll also talk about how fungi have been traditionally been used by northern native peoples.

Note: this presentation is an updated and expanded version of a talk Millman gave to the NYMS five years ago. A considerable amount of new material and information has been added.

About Lawrence Millman:
Writer-mycologist Lawrence Millman is the author of 18 books, including such titles as Last Places, Lost in the Arctic, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Fascinating Fungi of New England, At the End of the World, and – most recently Fungipedia (reviewed by Eugenia Bone in the Autumn 2019 NYMS newsletter). Gary Lincoff once referred to him as “the heir of Sam Ristich,” but he thinks of himself as being more an heir of Henry David Thoreau.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Friday May 15th at 7:00pm

Bill Bakaitis
Morels: An Illustrated Lecture with Particular Reference to Habitat and Apple Orchards

The NYMS Zoom Lecture Series continues with Bill Bakaitis, morel hunter extraordinaire, with a presentation focusing on collecting morels in New York and the Northeast with reference to morel habitat and lead arsenate in abandoned apple orchards.

Bill suggested some background reading that I urge people to look at before the talk:
Morels from the Apple Orchard
Collecting Wild Mushrooms (Morels)
A Lesson Too Late for the Learnin’
Lead and Arsenic in Morchella esculenta Fruitbodies

About Bill Bakaitis:
Prior to retirement in 2006, Bill taught at Dutchess Community College for 38 years. During which time, he was granted sabbaticals to study graduate level Mycology at both SUNY New Paltz, and at the NY State Museum in Albany, working there with John Haines, the State Mycologist at the time. He is a popular speaker who has given educational programs in Mycology at the Institute of Ecosystems Study in Millbrook, NY, the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, Hudsonia at Bard College as well as with many other institutions throughout the Northeast. In 1983, he founded the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association, and since 1984 has worked with the Poison Control Networks of NY, CT, MA, RI, VT, and ME. His articles have been published in NY State Conservationist, Adirondack Life, Mid-Hudson Magazine, The Poughkeepsie Journal, Mushroom: the Journal of Wild Mushrooming, where he is a contributing editor, and elsewhere. Online his articles may be found at:

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Thursday May 7th at 7:00pm

Sigrid Jakob
Fascinating World of Psychoactive Fungi

Sigrid JakobThis talk will cover the fascinating world of psychoactive fungi from a multitude of angles. You’ll learn how to identify common psychoactive fungi of the North East in the field. We will cover species within Psilocybe, Panaeolus, Gymnopilus, Pholiotina, Pluteus and Amanita. We’ll survey their use in different cultures from the past to the present, and learn how their unusual biochemistry is being put to therapeutic use. We’ll end by looking at their current legal status and how this is expected to evolve with their increasing acceptance.

NYMS members will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting.

Please note, you will need to have downloaded on whichever device (lap-top, smartphone, etc.) you’ll be using to view the talk.

Emil Lang Lecture Series for 2020

Unfortunately all in-person lectures in the Emil Lang Lecture Series have been postponed. Several online lectures and presentations for members are now in the planning stages. They will use the internet conferencing application Zoom. To see a schedule of the online presentations click here.

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.

March 23rd

Postponed. We will post a new date soon. Please check this page for updates.

Elinoar Shavit
Mushrooms in Amber and Copal: A Fantastic Journey

Elinoar Shavit

Elinoar Shavit

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. This event has been postponed. We will post a new date soon. Please check this page for updates.

April 20th

Postponed. We will post a new date soon. Please check this page for updates.

Christian Schwarz
Bottoms Up! Community Science and the North American Mycoflora Project

Christian Schwarz

Christian Schwarz

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.This event has been postponed. We will post a new date soon. Please check this page for updates.

May 18th

Postponed. We will post a new date soon. Please check this page for updates.

Robert Blanchette
Historic Uses of Forest Fungi: Shaman, Emperors and Supernatural Mushrooms

Robert Blanchette

Robert Blanchette

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.

June 22nd

Postponed. We will post a new date soon. Please check this page for updates.

D. Jean Lodge
Do We Have European Wax Cap (Hygrophoraceae) Species? Or Are We Headed for Eurexit?

D. Jean Lodge

D. Jean Lodge

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.

An Evening with Long Litt Woon

Long Litt Woon
Long Litt Woon, photo by Johs Bøh
The New York Mycological Society is pleased to present an evening with Long Litt Woon. Long will discuss and read from her recently published memoir, The Way Through the Woods on Mushrooms and Mourning.

Monday, August 12th 6:00 – 8:00

Central Park Arsenal 830 5th Ave. (at 64th St.) New York, NY 10065

Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing

Long Litt Woon (born 1958 in Malaysia) is an Anthropologist and certified Mushroom Expert in Norway. She went to Norway in her youth as an exchange student. There she met and later married a Norwegian, Eiolf Olsen, and made Norway her home. She currently lives in Oslo, Norway. The author’s surname is Long in accordance to Chinese naming tradition.

To listen to an interview with Long Litt Woon, click here.

To read an excerpt from The Way Through the Woods, click here.


The NYMS Emil Lang Lectures for 2019 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

The lectures are free and open to the public.


February 25th
Else Vellinga
“Fungal Conservation”

Else Vellinga is a mycologist who is interested in naming and classifying mushroom species in California and beyond, especially Parasol mushrooms. She has described 22 species as new for California, and most recently worked at the herbaria at University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University for the Macrofungi and Microfungi Collections Digitization projects. She got her training at the National Herbarium in the Netherlands, and her PhD at the University of Leiden, also in the Netherlands. The main motivation for her taxonomic work is that it lays the basis for efforts to include mushroom species in nature management and conservation plans. She has proposed a number of Californian and Hawaiian species for the IUCN global database of endangered species. She tries to keep current with the mushroom literature. And lastly, Else is an avid knitter and likes to use mushroom dyed yarn for her creations. She lives with her two cats in Berkeley, California.

Greg Thorn

March 25th
Greg Thorn
“Explorations of Cyphelloid Fungi (and other Wee Mushrooms) in the Molecular Age”

Greg Thorn grew up in London, Ontario and became interested in natural history through the family garden, long summer vacations, and the local Field Naturalists group. Six summers as a naturalist in Algonquin Park built on this and introduced him to the world of mushrooms and other fungi. Mushroom forays of the Mycological Society of Toronto and NAMA were an important part of his training, where he met and learned from the likes of Gary Lincoff, Ron Petersen, Alex Smith, and many more. Writing the checklist of Algonquin Park macrofungi led Thorn to consult experts from Richard Korf to Jim Ginns and Scott Redhead, all of whom encouraged him to further studies of fungi. His graduate studies were at the University of Guelph (with George Barron) and the University of Toronto (with David Malloch), followed by positions in Japan, Michigan, Indiana, Wyoming, and finally back to London as a faculty member in the Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario. Thorn’s research is focused on the impact of disturbance on the diversity of mushroom fungi, and systematics of mushroom fungi generally.

Rod Tulloss

April 29th
Rod Tulloss
“Amanita with a Hand Lens and the Naked Eye: Communicating About Unfamiliar Finds Using the Seven Sections Recognized by Dr. Cornelis Bas”

Rod Tulloss has specialized in Amanitaceae for 42 years, having been mentored by the late Dr. Cornelis Bas (Leiden). His research is available through an expanding, open-access, on-line monograph, “Studies in the Amanitaceae” founded by him and co-edited with Dr. Zhu L. Yang (Kunming). The site treats over 1,050 taxa and includes a peer-reviewed e-journal (“Amanitaceae”) restricted to research associated with the herbarium and/or its staff. He is currently working on Amanita sect. Vaginatae for North America; the Boston Harbor Islands fungal inventory; providing support for individuals and clubs working on Amanita sequences via North American Mycoflora grants; providing interactions and teaching moments on and on the Amanita of North America facebook group, etc. He maintains an extensive private herbarium of world Amanitaceae.

Visit his website:

May 20th
Nova Patch
“Urban Lichens of New York City”

Nova Patch is an amateur lichenologist focusing on the urban lichens of NYC and curator of the open data project Lichens of New York City on iNaturalist. They are a regular speaker on diverse topics ranging from lichenology to emoji engineering, hold a botany certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, and are a Brooklyn-residing member of the New York Mycological Society. Nova will lead a city lichen walk the weekend following their talk.

Eagle Hill Announces 2019 Mycology Workshops


May 19 – 25
Lichens and Lichens Ecology
Troy McMullin

May 26 – June 1
Old-growth Forest Lichens and Allied Fungi, With a Focus on Calicioids
Steven Selva and Troy McMullin

May 26 – Jun 1
Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens
Fred Olday

June 16 – 22
Independent Study: Topics in Fungal Biology
Donald Pfister

July 28 – August 3
Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles:
Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey

Aug 11 – 17
Crustose Lichens, Accessory Fungi, and Symbiotic Transitions
Toby Spribille

Aug 11 – 17
Lichens, Biofilms, and Stone
Judy Jacob and Michaela Schmull

August 18 – 24
Mushroom Microscopy: An Exploration of the
Intricate Microscopic World of Mushrooms
David Porter and Michaeline Mulvey

September 27 – 29
Fall Maine Mushrooms
David Porter and Michaeline Mulvey

For a flyer that has links to individual mycology seminar info:
click here

For general information…

Gary Lincoff (1942-2018)

Many thanks to Britt Bunyard, Publisher of FUNGI Magazine, for this beautiful tribute.

The mycological community was heartbroken on March 16, 2018 to learn of Gary Lincoff’s passing. He was the greatest mycologist of my lifetime, a great friend, and a great person. Gary was an American treasure. He was larger than life. Mycophiles and fans, upon seeing him for the first time in person, were nervous to approach—he was so famous. But he was the most welcoming, the most friendly, the most giving person I knew. That any of us knew. He gave absolutely all of his time to educating others. Every person in the mycological community in North America, and beyond, knew him. If you invoke the name “Gary,” everyone knows of whom you’re speaking.
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New York Botanical Garden Mushroom Programs

The New York Botanical Garden has been a mycological presence in New York City since its founding in the 1800s. It has been the workplace of the mycologists Lucien Underwood, Howard Bigelow, Clark Rogerson, Harry Thiers, Samuel Ristich, Roy Halling, Barbara Thiers and Gary Lincoff.
NYBG presents programs every year in mycological studies. Here are the upcoming events for the Spring & Summer 2018.


Instructor: James Lendemer

Rock pimples, fog fingers, old man’s beard— their common names are amusing, but lichens are among Earth’s most amazing and oldest living things, and display incredibly beautiful colors and shapes. They grow on bark, rock, and barren soil, and thrive in rain forests, deserts, the arctic—even environments simulating Mars! Lichens are sensitive environmental indicators, yet scientists are only just beginning to understand them. Join noted NYBG lichenologist James Lendemer for a captivating session that includes a microscope lab and a lichen hunt on the Garden grounds. Dress for the weather.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 10:00am to 01:00pm, at the NYBG location



Instructor: Dorothy Smullen

Use bracket fungi to create beautiful, earth-toned sheets of paper under the expert guidance of mycologist Dorothy Smullen. This hands-on class will walk you step-by-step through the papermaking process, and introduce you to the many different mushrooms you can use for a variety of hues. Your friends will be Instagramming your thank you cards in no time.

Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 11:00am to 02:30am, at the NYBG location


Instructor: Paul Sadowski

Morels, though hard to spot, occur throughout the metropolitan region, and spring is the ideal time to find them. Discover how and where to hunt for them, as well as numerous other spring mushrooms including oysters, inky caps, wine caps, dryad’s saddle, reishi, and the early-spring chicken mushroom. Learn to correctly identify mushrooms, how to differentiate them from look-alikes, and get recipes for the best ways to prepare them in a meal.

Wednesdays, 05/23/18 & 05/30/18 10:00am – 01:00pm, Midtown Center, Room A



Instructor: Roy Halling, Ph.D.

Join Dr. Roy Halling, NYBG’s Curator of Mycology, on an insider’s tour of the Thain Family Forest. A widely published expert on mushrooms around the world (and featured on the podcast Radio Lab!), Dr. Halling will discuss how mushrooms contribute to a forest’s health, delving into the process by which mycorrhizal roots share water and nutrients with their tree partners in exchange for carbohydrates. You’ll gather a variety of mushrooms to dissect and observe under microscopes, using stains to distinguish between plant and fungal material.

Friday, August 10, 2018, from 10:00am to 01:00pm, at the NYBG location


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.