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Armchair Discussion: Robert Courteau of Think Fungi hosts Dr. Toby Kiers of SPUN

Tuesday, May 24
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Central
Zoom (Virtual Event)

Dr. Toby Kiers - Photo credit: Seth CarnillRobert Courteau, NAMA member and founder of Think Fungi will host an “Armchair Discussion” with Dr. Toby Kiers, cofounder of the Society for the Protection of the Underground Network (SPUN), which received a $3.5 million grant to conduct its work of mapping the global fungal network in order to determine which ecosystems require immediate conservation efforts.

In April 2022, Dr. Kiers and her team tackled their first project, mapping the fungal networks of Chile’s Patagonia region. Before moving on to their second region in the subarctic, Dr. Kiers has agreed to participate in this discussion on SPUN, its mission, its Patagonia update and to answer attendees' questions. Her lab uses nanoprobes and high-resolution imaging to map the nutrient flows and architecture of plant-fungal networks. She is globally recognized for her scientific work in the evolution of symbiotic trade and for her public outreach activities, including a 2019 TED talkDr. Kiers won an Ammodo Award in 2019 for “unfettered science” and was awarded the 2021 E.O. Wilson for Natural History.

Photo Credit: Vasilis Kokkoris - Confocal 3D Image of a fungal network with reproductive spores containing nuceliDr. Kiers is originally from Vermont but is now a professor of evolutionary biology at the VU University Amsterdam, where she also acts as University Research Chair. She cofounded SPUN with Colin Averill, an award-winning senior scientist with ETH Zürich. SPUN’s advisors include Jane Goodall, Michael Pollan, Merlin Sheldrake and Giuliana Furci.

Host Robert Courteau is a member of the NAMA's Culinary Arts Committee. He is also the founder of Think Fungi, which produces mushroom-related courses, webinars and events for the purpose of public education.

 

Dr. Toby Kiers - Photo credit: Seth Carnill
Photo Credit: Vasilis Kokkoris - Confocal 3D Image of a fungal network with reproductive spores containing nuceli


 
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iNaturalist 101: Navigating iNaturalist for Forays and Mushroom Clubs

Tuesday, June 7
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Central
Zoom (Virtual Event)
 


Join astute fungi identifier Ariel Bonkoski in a lesson on how to use iNaturalist to make and share observations of your fungal finds. This virtual Zoom Webinar will focus on iNaturalist's "project" feature, which can be employed to amplify the citizen-science magnitude of your mushroom clubs and forays.


Ariel Bonkoski is a proud amateur mycologist currently residing in Duluth, Minnesota, where she is the coFounder of a fledgling mushroom club, Lake Superior Mycological Society. She teaches mushroom identification classes at Northwood Technical College and Duluth Folk School, as well as University of Minnesota Extension Program, and is on the mycologists roster for the upcoming WMS/NAMA Northwoods Regional Foray. Ariel is passionate about identifying mushrooms, which has earned her a spot in the top 10 iNaturalist identifiers of mushroom species in the United States (and only one slot away from top 10 in all of North America) with an astounding 39,667 identifications as of May 18!

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