NAMA Speakers Bureau
A pool of potential speakers and foray mycologists is listed below in alphabetical order. We have included a wide range of professional and amateur mycologists — with topics, limitations and interests as provided by the participants. You can learn more about these mycologists from the links provided.
Please use these speakers and mycologists for your club meetings and events. Contact the speakers directly. It is up to your club to negotiate fees and travel arrangements.
To find a speaker and description, scroll down or use the list on the right to jump to a speaker by name. Look for additional speakers in the coming months.
Click HERE to submit yourself as a speaker. Must be a NAMA member.
Full name: Anna Bazzicalupo Contact: email@example.com
Web: https://www.mushroomsofcascadia.com/home Home: Washington Full name: Michael Beug
Web: https://plantandmicrobiology.berkeley.edu/users/tom-bruns Home: California Full name: Tom Bruns Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trees, Truffles and beasts (the interaction of fungi, forests and forest animals)
- The wonderful world of truffles (a survey of the families and genera of truffles)
- What are truffles and how to find them (best as a workshop with field time)
- What makes a fungus rare? (discussion on defining rarity in fungi and conservation issues and needs)
Home: Oregon Full name: Michael Castellano Contact: email@example.com
Home: British Columbia, Canada Full name: Oluna Ceska Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Topics I Enjoy
A Beginner's Roadmap: Simple Strategies for Learning Mushrooms
Pacific Northwest Trees: Fungal Partnerships, Identification, and Distribution
More Interesting Mushrooms: The best way to find more interesting mushrooms is to find more mushrooms interesting
Finding New Spots: Tips for finding new areas to explore
Hands On: Learning about mushrooms by doing
Our web site hosts educational videos and also provides our schedule of venues.
Home: South Carolina Full name: Tim Geho Contact: email@example.com
I lead the Seattle Lichen Guild, which is a weekly lichen study group, meeting at the University of Washington. My presentation topics include:
- Lichens Around Puget Sound or Seattle
- Lichen Conservation
- Lichens of the San Juan Islands
- Lichens of Sakhalin Island, Russian Far East
Home: Washington Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: http://www.skidmore.edu/psychology/faculty/hallock.php Home: Colorado Full name: Rob Hallock Contact: email@example.com Phone: 518-580-5740
Web: http://pppmb.cals.cornell.edu/people/george-hudler Home: New York Full name: George Hudler Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Home: Arkansas Contact: Justice@aristotle.net
- Moulds in your home and what to do about them
- Life: What's it all about, and where do mushrooms fit in?
- Fungi - Common, Rare and In-between. How can we tell?
- Fungi of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii)
- Macroscopic-microscopic: why it's a good thing to have a microscope
- Seashore Life of the NorthWest
My background is in systematics and ecology of fleshy fungi with a specialization in Lactarius and Clavariadelphus. I’ve given talks on mushrooms for beginners, mushroom identification, poisonous fungi, and just plain cool fungi. I’m willing to serve as a foray mycologist in the Midwest and the Appalachian mountains. I’m flexible with regards to the kinds of talks I can present and willing to travel anywhere my expenses can be covered.
Dr. Methven is Chair in the Department of Biology at Savannah State University.
Home: Georgia Contact: email@example.com
Web: https://catskillfungi.com/ Home: NY Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-michelotti-9139358/ Phone: 520.603.4191
Philosoforager, stand-up mycomedian, and epicure of the obscure, Alan Muskat has been taking people “out to eat” for over twenty years. He is the author of Wild Mushrooms: From Forest to Table and Coming Home: Finding our True Nature. He founded the first forage-to-table tour company in the country, launched the first wild foods public education program on the continent, and runs one of the largest foraging tour companies in the world.
With humor, warm-heartedness, and panache, Woodsy Alan awakens nature’s wayward children to the beauty and bounty of their bioregion. Ask anyone who knows The Mushroom Man: when it comes to bringing out the fun in fungi, he’s the champignon.
Web: https://notastelikehome.org/ Home: Asheville, North Carolina
I am happy to talk about my diversity work from Olympic National Park and related topics, as well as bioremediation and biodiversity prospecting, and my work conducting regional surveys for rare fungi. I also regularly teach introductory mushroom ID and give lectures on general fungal ecology.
I have over twenty five years experience collecting, studying, growing and eating mushrooms. I have many publications including scholarly papers, books, chapters and field guides and conducted field ecological studies in Olympic National Park as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. I currently am Research Biologist for Nature Tech Nursery, Langley, BC where I work on growing plants in test tubes and employing fungal and bacterial symbionts to grow diffiicult to propagate plants.
As for speakers bureau and foray mycologist, I am up for going anywhere if travel expenses are covered. I would be especially interested in Hawai'i.
Home: British Columbia, Canada Contact: Dr_funguy@hotmail.com
I am currently Assistant Professor in Biology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. My research interests include fungal diversity, evolution, ecology and conservation. Recent projects have employed field studies and molecular genetics to study mycorrhizal fungi in high-elevation habitats, phylogenetic studies of the boletes (especially Tylopilus), and responses of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to global change. My current research is on the Moorea Biocode Project, an effort to taxonomically characterize the biodiversity of a model Pacific tropical ecosystem. I have presented programs for COMA, BAMS and MSSF.
I am available to serve as a speaker or foray mycologist for NAMA and local mushroom club events. Potential topics for talks include conservation of fungal biodiversity, a role for mushroom societies in biodiversity science, evolutionary concepts and the changing classification of mushroom-forming fungi, mushroom systematics and taxonomy (including hands-on workshops and short courses), and topics pertaining to the research projects mentioned above.
- I give at least 30 mushroom programs a year, consisting of both walks with collecting with table identifications and typically proceeded or followed by a mushroom slide show. Some of my current slide shows are:
- Edible Morel Mushrooms and Entries, 2 parts
- Morel Mushrooms and their Poisonous Look-alikes
- Carnivorous and Cannibalistic Fungi: Mushrooms that grow on other mushrooms, people, spiders, insects, etc.
- Mushroom Photography
- Weird Wacky and Beautiful Fungi
- Beginner Mushroom ID
- Mushrooms of Hawaii
Home: Pennsylvania Full name: John Plischke III Contact: email@example.com
I can speak on a variety of topics:
- Mushroom identification - review of major groups and genera (using PNW species but could be expanded to include wider range)*
- Edible mushrooms and non-edible/poisonous look-alikes*
- Mushroom ecology with a bit of ID thrown in*
- Introduction to lichens*
- Lichen identification (NW species)*
- Life before flowers - general introduction to cryptogamic "botany" including fungi, algae, lichens, slime molds, bryophytes, ferns, etc.*
- Review of nematode-trapping fungi (with IWF movies)
* For smaller audiences (<75), these talks can be in full color, zooming stereo using a dual projector system and polarized glasses (I can provide but need some support for upkeep); a special reflective screen is needed which I can bring when close to home. Otherwise, I use Keynote (Apple’s version of PowerPoint) on a MacBook I bring.
Home: Washington Full name: Fred Rhoades Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Home: New York Full name: David Rose Contact: email@example.com
I have given talks to most clubs from Southern California to Oregon, so these folks know about me. For other areas, it depends on where and when.
Home: St. Paul, Minnesota Full name: Jonathan Schilling Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
He has spoken on local edibles, specific groups of mushrooms (mostly boletes) and has a humorous but instructive introduction to how scientific names work.
Home: British Columbia, Canada Full name: Suzanne Simard Contact: Suzanne.email@example.com
SMITH, MATTHEW E.
I am available for speaking to mycological and botanical organizations on the following subjects:
- How Mushrooms Can Help Save World: Solutions from the Underground
- Mycoremediation and Mycofiltration: Employing mycelium to capture/degrade chemical/biological pollutants
- Psilocybin Mushrooms of North America
- Gardening with Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
Dusty Yao arranges my lecture schedules and has a simple form for fielding inquiries. Due to high demand, we are often booking more than one year in advance.
Home: Ohio Full name: Walt Sturgeon Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am available depending on commitments I have already made. My busiest times usually are mid-August through early September and most of October. I am willing to go pretty much anywhere, and greatly prefer visiting areas during their mushroom season!
Home: Seattle, Washington Full name: Steve Trudell Contact: email@example.com
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.
Home: California Full name: Else Vellinga Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Podcast: https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-103-exploring-fungal-taxonomy-phylogeny-the-future-of-conservation-feat-else-vellinga
- Amanitas of California
- Amanitas: Delicious to Deadly
- Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of Northern California
- Mushrooms in the Garden and Woods
- Poisonous Mushrooms and their Toxins
- Zen and the Art of Mushroom Hunting
My biography can be found on the BAMS website. My writings appear frequently on the BAMS Yahoo discussion group. I’d be glad to speak to any mushroom club or foray, if my transportation costs are covered. I love visiting new areas, meeting new people and learning new mushrooms!
I am an Environmental Educator with a background in Geology and Science Education. In 1988 I took my first mushroom identification class and began my fascination with mycology. In 1989 a small group of us started Northwest Mushroomers Association in Bellingham, WA. I started teaching beginning Identification classes in 1994 and currently teach through North Cascades Institute and Seattle Public Utility District. I am a former president of the Pacific Northwest Key Council.
Home: Port Townsend, WA Full name: Lee Whitford Contact: email@example.com
Potential discussion topics:
- Tropical diversity of mushroom forming fungi
- Macrofungi of Tibet: picture voyage through a forbidden land and the discovery of new species of ectomycorrhizal fungi
- The voyage of paleotropical ectomycorrhizal relationships to the new world
- Once you go gasteroid, you don't go back. Evaluating the question of whether puffballs will dominate the world of mushroom forming fungi.
Home: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Full name: Andrew Wilson, PhD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tibet's Most Marvelous Mushrooms
- Tales of Tibet's Fungal Miracle - Cordyceps sinensis - Caterpillar Fungus
- Flavorful, Fancy & Foul Fungi from Far Flung Places
- Choice Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest
- Amazing Amazon Mushrooms