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 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.)

Next Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
  • Speaker: Christopher Grace
  • The Marasmius of São Tomé and Príncipe and the Process of Describing Scientific Mushroom Collections

Christopher Grace is a Masters of Science candidate at San Francisco State University, under the mentorship of Dr. Dennis Desjardin. His research focus is describing thirty collections of Marasmius species from the African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. These specimens were collected by Dr. Desjardin and Dr. Brian Perry, in 2009 as part of a California Academy of Sciences research expedition.
These 30 collections of Marasmius are made up of 21 species, some of which are believed to be new to science. Prior to the collection of these specimens, no Marasmius species have been documented from São Tomé or Príncipe. His work addresses this gap by describing these collections and contributes significantly to the documentation of fungal and total biodiversity of these islands. Upon completion of his thesis, he will publish a preliminary monographic treatment of the genus Marasmius from the African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe.
A disproportionate amount of the world’s mushroom-producing fungal diversity is believed to be located in tropical environments. These intrinsic diversity factors, coupled with the high propensity for environmental destruction common in many developing nations, make this kind of work time-sensitive.
As an undergraduate at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, (in the Berkshires of Massachusetts) Christopher Grace was lucky enough to be able to focus on mycology and fungal ecology, including identification and in-lab culturing techniques. Over the past three years, he has been studying and researching fungal taxonomy, systematics, and ecology. He will be continuing his passion for mycology at Clark University, studying fungal genomics starting in the fall.

2015 Meetings

    Parasol mushroom
  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015
  • 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