On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting at the Randall Museum. 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.)
As Assistant Curator, Kristen Natoli is responsible for the management of all life in the 'Rainforests of the World exhibit' at the California Academy of Sciences. Her background is horticulture with 25+ years of experience working with plants under glass. She has a passionate interest in the dynamic and complex interactions present in all living systems, stemming from her undergraduate work at Cornell University, studying plant ecology. She also provides primary care for the Leafcutter Ant exhibit at the Academy as no one could pry these ladies and their fungus from her care. They are her favorite living creatures in the entire museum.