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Alan Rockefeller: Mushrooms of Mexico
UC Berkeley, 338 Koshland Hall
Wednesday, January 21, 2015| 7:30 — 9:30 pm

Alan Rockefeller

Alan Rockefeller is a mycologist and photographer specializing in mushroom identification and taxonomy.

Alan has been collecting mushrooms for ten years, and has traveled to Mexico to collect mushrooms for the past 8 years. Alan is a network security expert who has a mushroom DNA lab in Berkeley and posts all of his mushroom photographs on When he is not hunting mushrooms Alan spends his time looking at mushrooms under the microscope, soldering electronics, hacking unix and sequencing mushroom DNA.

Doors open at 7:30. Meeting starts promptly at 8:00.


Mountain View Public Library

Debbie Viess: Zen and the Art of Mushroom Hunting

Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 11:30 am

Debbie Viess

Local amateur mycologist and co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, Debbie Viess, will share her fascination with the wonderful world of fungi: how and where to find them, and why it is so much fun, as well as scientifically important to study and collect them!

Debbie will provide beautiful and interesting photos of her fungal friends, and tell many stories of her fungal exploits. Come have some fun with fungus! Registration appreciated but not required. Before the event, submit YOUR OWN PHOTOS of local mushrooms (three photos or less) to for display in the library and online. Include your name and the neighborhood where you found the mushroom.

Talk will be held in the Mountain View Library Community Room. For more information, contact: Julie Jackson, 650-903-6337


Sycamore Grove Mushroom Foray

Sunday, February 1, 2015 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park | Livermore, California

Join ranger Amy Wolitzer and BAMS' Debbie Veiss for the annual Mushroom Madness event at 1:00 pm. Meet at Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park 5211 Arroyo Rd, Livermore, CA 94550. Follow this link to see a report on our 2011 event. For more information, contact Debbie Viess at 510.430.9353.

BAMS General Meeting

Dennis Desjardin: A New Field Guide to California Mushrooms
UC Berkeley, 338 Koshland Hall
Thursday, February 19, 2015| 7:30 — 9:30 pm

Dr. Dennis Desjardin

Dr. Dennis Desjardin, Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University, presents: "A new field guide to California Mushrooms". Dennis is lead author on an all-color field guide that treats over 1,100 species of CA mushrooms, with complete descriptions of 650 species, and over 750 color photographs. It is published by Timber Press in large format (8.5" x 11"), hardcover, about 580 pages. He will present what the field guide is all about, how decisions were made on what to include, and the melding of nomenclature and taxonomy, morphology and phylogeny, and the problems encountered when writing such a tome. He will show plenty of beautiful photographs presenting a sampling of species covered in the book.

Desjardin received a Master's Degree from San Francisco State University studying with Dr. Harry D. Thiers, and a PhD from the University of Tennessee under the guidance of Dr. Ronald H. Petersen. He also had the privilege of being trained by Drs. Alexander H. Smith, Rolf Singer, Meinhard Moser and Egon Horak. He has published over 125 scientific papers on the taxonomy and evolution of mushroom-forming fungi in which he described 225 new species and 7 new genera. He is co-author of the field guide Mushrooms of Hawai'i (Ten Speed Press, 2002). He has active research projects in the Hawaiian Islands, Micronesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, and the African islands of São Tome and Principe, funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. A recent interest is in the origin and evolution of bioluminescent fungi. Born and raised in Crescent City, California, he has been collecting and studying California mushrooms for 60 years.

Doors open at 7:30. Meeting starts promptly at 8:00.