Myco-Consortium talk Mar. 6 at 1pm: Machiel Noordeloos

As part of the MST's membership in the Myco-Consortium series of Zoom talks, MST members are invited to join the presentation on Sunday, March 6th at 1pm ET:

Monitoring and studying the diversity of higher fungi in primary sand dunes along the Dutch Atlantic Coast

A talk by Machiel Noordeloos
Sunday March 6th, 1pm ET

Please note the timing of this talk. Machiel is joining us from the Netherlands which is why this talk will take place on Sunday afternoon rather than Friday evening.

The Dutch Atlantic coast is for the most part protected by a system of sand dunes that varies in width from a few hundred meters to a stretch 15 to 20 km. The primary shifting sand-dunes and the inland fixed sand-dunes form a unique ecosystem, that is protected and listed as Natura 2000 biodiversity reserves according to European Union standards. A large-scale monitoring project by members of the Dutch Mycological Society started about ten years ago. This Citizen Science Project yielded a lot of new data, and it appears that the fungal diversity in these habitats is surprisingly high. At present more than 160 species are recorded, many of them being unique for this habitat and adapted to the dynamic ecological circumstances. After a short introduction on the dune systems and their origins, and the current monitoring project, an overview will be given of the fungal groups that play a role in this ecosystem, with focus on Agarics, larger Ascomycetes, and Gasteromycetes.

About Machiel Noordeloos

Born in The Hague, Netherlands. Machiel earned his PhD in mycology on the taxonomy of Entoloma (Agaricales) in Europe in 1981 under supervision of Dr. Cornelis Bas. He worked most of his career at the Rijksherbarium, Leiden (later National Herbarium of the Netherlands, and now Naturalis Biodiversity Centre), with a break as head of the mycology department of the Plant Protection Service, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Machiel is a honorary fellow of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Machiel is specialist in the taxonomy of Agaricales and Boletes, with a strong focus on Entoloma sensu lato, various white-spored genera in the Tricholomataceae sensu lato, Lactarius and Boleti. He is Editor of the Flora aagaricina neerlandica, a critical flora of Agarics and Boleti in the Netherlands and Western Europe, of which seven volumes have been published to date. He has published numerous articles and a series of monographs, cooperates with many specialists all over the world. He retired in 2011 but remains very active. Currently, he is involved in a complete revision of his work on European Entoloma based on phylogenetic studies. Besides his taxonomic work, Machiel is also very active in the Netherlands Mycological Society. He is scientific supervisor of a citizen science project called Network Ecological Monitoring, an initiative of the European Union to monitor the status of biodiversity in the so-called Natura 2000 biodiversity reserves.

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Speaker Series March 22nd at 7:30pm

Please join us on Zoom this coming Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm for our online Speaker Series. 

Best of Mushroaming - From High Asia to South America

Daniel shares his hunt for gorgeous choice edibles, potent medicinals, and all kinds of bizarre and colorful fungi from the most minute to massive fruitings.

Presented by Daniel Winkler

Daniel grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging for over 25 years in the PNW and beyond, sharing his enthusiasm as a mushroom educator and guide and as past Puget Sound Mycological Society vice-president.

In his presentations he is combining his stunning photography (check out with a blend of entertaining stories and scientific information. Having been in love with mushrooms since early childhood Daniel managed to bend his career as an ecologist and geographer focused on High Asia towards researching rural Tibet’s enormous fungal economy.

His Cordyceps research has been featured in The Economist, National Geographic, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC World Service etc.

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Myco-Consortium talk Feb. 25: Noah Siegel

As part of the MST's membership in the Myco-Consortium series of Zoom talks, MST members are invited to join the presentation on Friday, Februrary 25th at 7pm:

Money in the Bankeraceae; Taking a Bite Into Tooth Fungi

A talk by Noah Siegel
Friday, February 25, 7pm

Noah will explore the Bankeraceae, a group of tooth fungi that include Hydnellum, Sarcodon, Phellodon and Bankera, including the latest changes, and tips on identification of this tricky group.

About Noah Siegel

Noah Siegel has spent over three decades seeking, photographing, identifying and learning about macrofungi in the US and Canada as well as New Zealand, Australia and Cameroon. He is an esteemed photographer of fungi with a technique that maximizes utility for identification purposes while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic appeal. His photographs have been featured in Fungi magazine, mushroom books and club publications. He is co-author (with Christian Schwarz) of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a comprehensive guide for the northern California coast, and is currently working on a guide to the Pacific Northwest. Noah travels and lectures across America, following the fungi from coast to coast, and everywhere in between.

You can follow Noah on iNat and Instagram.

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February 15th Speaker Series Video Available

Ludovic Le Renard's presentation Patterns of Evolution in the Fossil Record of Fungi is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.

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Ludovic was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, near Paris. He completed his undergraduate degree in organismal biology and a Masters in interdisciplinary approach to life sciences in France before moving to Vancouver for his PhD. Ludovic completed his PhD at UBC under the supervision of Mary Berbee in 2019, interpreting the fossil record of fly-speck fungi. Now a Postdoctoral Fellow in UBC, he continues to compare the anatomy of live fungi with similar looking fossils to unveil patterns of fungal evolution through geologic time.