Biodiversity and conservation are topics close to my heart. Mushrooms in all their shapes and adaptations keep me wondering and wandering.
My work focuses on the systematics of the beautiful parasol mushrooms in the genera Lepiota, Leucoagaricus and Leucocoprinus, with sidepaths into Pluteus, Helvella and some other nice genera. The main questions I try to answer are: which species are there in California, how do we recognize them and how are they related to each other and to the other members of their respective families.
I am happy to talk on recent developments in mushroom classifications, fungal conservation efforts, and a variety of other topics.
And lastly, I am an avid mushroom dyer and knitter.