6:30 pm – OMS Mushroom Identification Session
The identification session prior to the general meeting is open to the public. If you have found mushrooms that are in good condition, wrap them in waxed paper, aluminum foil, or a put them in a paper bag and bring them (with a spore print, if possible). Bring your field guide to reference the mushrooms that are on display.
7:15 pm – OMS General Meeting
7:30 pm – Program
Speaker: Steve Carpenter
Program: “Ecosystems in Flight”
Did you know that humans are not the only beings to specifically grow fungi for their own uses? Dr. Carpenter will entertain us discussing the role of fungi and Ambrosia beetles in nutrient cycling in coniferous forests. Insights and findings are from research he conducted at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, east of Eugene.
Steve Carpenter has been collecting and consuming mushrooms since 1956 and is President Emeritus of Pacific Analytical Laboratory in Corvallis and Abbey Lane Laboratory in Philomath. He graduated from Oregon State University (OSU) with a BS in Botany, Cornell University with an MS in Mycology, and later was a Fellow at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBC), where he received his Ph.D. from City University of New York.
Steve was a member of numerous mycology expeditions to the Andean chain in South America while at NYBG. He was a Research Associate in mycology at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History in the 1980’s and a National Science Foundation Principal Investigator at OSU until 1988. He researched microbial recovery at the Mt. St. Helens devastation zone, microbial interactions in old growth forest ecosystems and characterization of fungi that kill amphibians in North America. His recently published book is “Mushrooms of Mary’s Peak and Vicinity”.