Some of the people involved with the research and collections for mushrooms and other fungi.
Staff and paid interns
Those working with macrofungi.
Wyatt began research with us while a graduate student and then worked as a research assistant with our Chicago area plot studies. He specializes in our local Russula (a thankless job), boletes (also challenging), puffballs, Crepidotus, as well as Xylaria and others.
Wyatt works with Dr. Peter Avis and Gayle Tonkovich on the Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory. Wyatt has been barcoding the macrofungi in the Field Museum herbarium as part of a nationwide herbarium project to put the macrofungus collections online. He is now continuing this work with the microfungi.
Volunteers and unpaid interns
Volunteers serve many important roles at the museum and are greatly appreciated.
Arthur Rocky Houghtby
Rocky joined our team as a museum volunteer to pursue his interests in the identification of various members of Strophariaceae and other brown-spored mushrooms. Besides expertise with the microscope, he is an excellent photographer and a contributor to Mushroom Observer: Rocky's observations.
In 2015 Wes started our current project of repackaging historic specimens from sheets into boxes. Once repackaged we will be able to update the names, database the information, print new labels, and get the specimen information into the museum's online herbarium database. See Repackaging Methods.
This project will complete the digitization of our mushroom (macrofungus) collections for Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This allows us and other researchers to know these collections exist. This contributes not only to our local knowledge but the understanding of biogeography of mushrooms in North America.
Colleagues and visitors
The museum has numerous associated researchers and visiting scientists.
Javier Fernández López
Javier made several visits to the museum during his four month stay in Chicago, the summer of 2015, learning DNA phylogeny methods with Dr. Andrew Wilson at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He is a graduate student at Real Jardín Botánico in Madrid, Spain. He is studying the morphology and sequencing multiple DNA regions from cultures and specimens of the Schizopora and Hyphodontia group to sort out genus and species boundaries. Javier examined collections from the Field Museum herbarium including those from the Chicago area where Schizopora is somewhat common.