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Chief Mycologist:
Timothy J. Baroni, Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at SUNY Cortland.

He has taught mycology field courses at the Cortland Raquette Lake Biological Station in the Adirondacks for over 25 years. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Mycologist Award from the Mycological Society of America.  He has been invited to many NEMF Forays.

For a comprehensive biography, see http://www.cortland.edu/news/article.asp?ID=321

Milt Adams - Environmental education at the Adirondack Park Agency's Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smith's. Introduction to the Adirondacks.

Jim Gouin - a research assistant and consultant for Fungi Perfecti in Olympia, Washington.  He has been involved with the commercial cultivation of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms for over 17 years.  Jim graduated from Paul Smith’s College as well as the Evergreen State College in WA State, where he developed interests in sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, and the role fungi play in restoring nature. His mycological passions also include teaching workshops on basic mushroom cultivation for small forest landowners and wildcrafting edible fungi. (www.fungi.com)

Roy Halling - Curator of Mycology - New York Botanical Garden http://www.nybg.org/science/scientist_profile.php?id_scientist=6
Major research emphasis is on the classification, systematics, biogeography, and diversity of mushrooms. Mushrooms are important in the world's ecosystems as primary decomposers, litter binders, and nutrient recyclers. In addition, they form obligate and necessary root symbioses with forest trees to maintain ecosystem health and integrity. Explorations and inventory of fungal diversity have required field work around the world in northern and southern temperate zones as well as the neo- and paleotropics. Continuing field efforts in these areas have added substantially to general investigations on tropical and temperate fungi. Critical laboratory analyses are coupled with the field work. Currently, investigations are emphasizing the taxonomy, phylogeny, mycorrhizal relationships, and biogeography of the Boletineae (a suborder of porcini-like mushrooms). International collaboration with other specialists is underway on systematics, biogeography and phylogeny of Bolete mushrooms with particular emphasis in Australia and SE Asia.

Kathie Hodge - Cornell University
Associate Professor of Mycology in the Department of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University. Research interest pathoogenic fungi, and runs the Plant pathology herbarium   http://www.plantpath.cornell.edu/Labs/Hodge/index.html

Susan Hopkins - Using mushrooms to dye textiles

Gary Lincoff
Award-winning author of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, co-author of Toxic and Hallucinogenic Mushroom Poisoning, and  editor of a number of mushroom guides.  He teaches mycology at the New York Botanical Garden and has co-led more than 30 mushroom study tours to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Sarah Longley, chef-instructor at Paul Smith's. Demonstration of gourmet cooking of wild mushrooms. Her fellow chefs, Kevin McCarthy and Tom Pollock, will also give demonstrations.

Roz Lowen - Ascomycetes

Andy Methven - Eastern Illinois University
Mycologist and lichenologist.  Specializes in many areas including Lactarius.  For more detail.see http://www.eiu.edu/biology/methven.php

Ruthie Ristich and Julianne Ristich Malm, daughters of Sam Ristich, will talk about their father.

Noah Siegel
Nationally known award-winning photographer and mushroom identifier who is drawn by the wide variety and unsung nature of fungi. He is currently president of the Monadnock Mushroomers Unlimited in Keene, New Hampshire, and a lecturer and identifier for clubs all over the US.

Walt Sturgeon
Expert field mycologist who has a special interest in Boletes, Hygrophorus, and Lactarius.

Rodham Tulloss
Mycologist who has studied the genus Amanita for nearly 30 years, particularly the morphology, and has collaborated with several labs doing molecular studies on the genus.  He co-edits the Amanita Studies website with Dr. Zhu-liang Yang (Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China).

Bill Yule
Environmental Education at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. He will talk about Beginners' mushrooms.