Lecturer, Liberal Arts (2017). Ph.D. in Plant Biology, University of Minnesota. Publications: Cantharellus chicagoensis sp. nov. is supported by molecular and morphological analysis as a new yellow chanterelle in midwestern United States (2016). Bibliography: Do You Know the Mushroom Man? (Chicago Magazine 2017).
I have 30 years of teaching experience with university laboratory courses and public education programs. As a mycologist and botanist I have decades of experience working with identifications and collections. The foundation of my research projects with various colleagues is the collection and documentation of macrofungi for the Midwest and North America. The Chicago Region fieldwork is one of the longest running studies in the country, at 24 years (with thousands of collections at the Field Museum herbarium).
The current component of this is my deep involvement with the Illinois Mycological Association (IMA) through identification and specimen processing from forays, as well as giving presentations and workshops. I have participated in science and educational activities with non-profit mycology organizations for more than 30 years and I have been running the Voucher Collection Project with the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) for 20 years. In 2018 I am training “citizen scientists” of the IMA to contribute directly to the North American Mycoflora Project (mycoflora.org).
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