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Speaker Series at Patagonia Toronto Feb. 8th

We are proud to announce that Patagonia Toronto will be hosting the MST in-person speaker series on Wednesday February 8th, 2023 at 7:00 PM.

A unique collaboration between Patagonia Toronto and the interim director of the ROM Fungarium, Simona Margaritescu.

Patagonia will be providing finger food and beverages.

There is a limited capacity for this event, you must register to attend.

Date: Wednesday February 8th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 500 King Street W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L9 – Patagonia Store
Speaker: Simona Margaritescu – ROM Fungarium
Presentation: A Fungus’ Journey From Field to Fungarium

An introduction to the TRTC Fungarium and the progression of a fungus from collection to curation and storage through stories, photographs and anecdotes.

Simona finished her Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at University of Bucharest, Romania followed by a MSc degree in Genetics and Cell Biology at the same university. Before making Canada her home, she taught Plant Systematics in the Department of Botany at University of Bucharest. During that time, she organized and participated in many biodiversity fieldtrips. These trips piqued her interest in fungi so, after coming to Canada, she studied Penicillium molds in Dr. David Malloch’s laboratory at the University of Toronto. In 2004, she became the Mycology Technician at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

Her position at the ROM has two main facets. She manages the ROM’s Fungal Collection (TRTC Fungarium) and is responsible for the operations of the Molecular Mycology Research Laboratory. As the TRTC manager, Simona is responsible for maintaining, preparing, and identifying the fungal collections and handling loans and exchanges with other herbaria. In addition, she has been managing the electronic database associated with these collections.

Simona teaches specimen preparation techniques and data entry practices to casual staff, summer students and volunteers. She also responds to general inquiries about fungi, gives lectures, and guides tours in the ROM’s Fungal Collection.

Besides her collection management responsibilities, Simona directs the day-to-day running of the Molecular Mycology Research Laboratory and assists in fungal research projects by generating and analyzing molecular data obtained from various fungal species. She also teaches molecular laboratory techniques to graduate, undergraduate students, and visiting scholars.