MSSF Meetings

On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting at the County Fair Building. Note: All regular General Meetings are open to the public. The highlight of each meeting is a speaker with slides on some aspect of mycology and mushrooming: ecology, taxonomy, mycophagy, sociology, etc. Before each meeting members bring collections which are put on display and identified. Refreshments are served before the meeting. Doors open and identification starts at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 8 pm. (The December meeting is replaced by a dinner at a different location.)

Next Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
  • Speaker Miko Nadel
  • A lichenized voyage to São Tomé and Príncipe

Miko Nadel attended Oregon State University where he studied Botany and Environmental Sciences and worked on the Oregon Flora Project. He was introduced to the study of fungi while taking a course from Dr. Joseph Spataforia. Following his undergraduate career, he served as a Forest Service employee working on several projects performing biological surveys on everything from lichen and fungi to fish, amphibians and macroinvertebrates. Upon relocating to the bay area, Miko eventually ended up working at the California Academy of Sciences where he met Dr. Bob Drewes. This meeting would lead to the opportunity to travel nearly 10,000 miles to the small island country of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea of tropical West Africa. Spending two field collecting trips he collected a large amount of lichenized fungi specimens for the two islands and would later focus his Master’s thesis work on one genus of lichen, Usnea. This thesis, completed in 2015 under the direction of Dr. Dennis Desjardin and with support from various organizations including the Mycological Society of San Francisco, lays out a regional monograph for the Usnea of São Tomé and Príncipe and includes three potentially new species. Additionally, during these expeditions Miko observed and photographed various fleshy fungi and other organisms of interest to the scientific community. Currently Miko is in a temporary position teaching high school biology at Sequoia High School in Redwood City but is hoping to return to research, publish the results of the São Tomé and Príncipe work and forge a career path involving fungi and lichen in some form.

An exhibition exploring two expeditions to the tropical islands of São Tomé and Príncipe off the west coast of equatorial Africa and the lichen collecting, photographs, cobra avoiding and mountain climbing accompanying them with a further consideration of the laboratory work and analysis that went into creating A Monograph of Usnea from São Tomé and Príncipe.

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  • Event calendar
  • 2017 Meetings

      Parasol mushroom
    • No meeting in December
    • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    • No meetings June-August
    • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    2016 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  • 2015 Meetings

    • No meeting in December
    • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2015 video
    • No meetings June-August
    • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    • Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    • Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    2014 Meetings

    • No meeting in December
    • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 video
    • No meetings June-August
    • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 video
    • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 video
    • Tuesday, February 18, 2014 video
    • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 video

    2013 Meetings

    • No meeting in December
    • Tuesday, November 19, 2013 video
    • Tuesday, October 15, 2013 video
    • Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Talk & Slides
    • No meetings June-August
    • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 video
    • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 video 1 video 2
    • Tuesday, March 19, 2013 video
    • Tuesday, February 19, 2013
    • Tuesday, January 15, 2013