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
Dr. Matt Trappe
“The Mycelial Conspiracy: How Fungi Control Their Environment and Manipulate Our Lives”
Dr. Trappe’s presentation is a fun dive into some ways fungi subvert our behavior and those of other organisms.
Dr. Matt Trappe is a research ecologist with years of experience working in western forests. Matt’s specialties are disturbance ecology (particularly fire), mycology and soil microbiology, DNA and isotopic analysis, forestry, and botany. He received both his Ph.D. (Environmental Sciences) and M.S. (Forest Science) from Oregon State University. He worked for the OSU College of Forestry where he taught graduate-level courses on mycology and non-timber forest products. He’s an authority on hypogeous fungi (Truffles), the lead author of The Field Guide to North American Truffles, and guides forays for the North American Truffling Society.