7:15 pm OMS Society Business: Announcements and Introductions.
7:30 pm Presentation: Under Pressure: Evolutionary Oddities in the Fungal World. This lecture will highlight some of the fascinating traits fungi have evolved due to environmental pressures, and how they strive to get ahead in the world.
Presenter: Noah Siegel. Noah’s field mycology skills are extensive – he has spent over three decades seeking, photographing, identifying, and furthering his knowledge about all aspects of macrofungi. He has hunted for mushrooms throughout the United States and Canada, as well as on multiple expeditions to New Zealand and Australia and Cameroon.
He is one of the premier mushroom photographers in the nation, having won numerous awards from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) photography contest. His technique and attention to detail are unrivaled, arising from a philosophy of maximizing utility for identification purposes while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic appeal. His photographs have appeared on the covers and have been featured in articles of multiple issues of FUNGI Magazine, the primary mushroom enthusiast magazines in the United States, numerous mushroom books, as well as many club publications.He authored, along with Christian Schwarz, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a comprehensive guide for the northern California coast, and a Field Guide to the Rare Fungi of California’s National Forests. Noah travels and lectures extensively across America, following the mushrooms from coast to coast, and everywhere in between