Michael Kuo, Ph.D.

Dr. Kuo, the principal developer of MushroomExpert.Com, is an English teacher and an amateur mycologist. His books include Morels (2005), and 100 Edible Mushrooms (2007), 100 Cool Mushrooms (2010, coauthored with Andy Methven), Mushrooms of the Midwest (2014, coauthored with Andy Methven), and Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat (2017, coauthored with Cathy Cripps and Vera Evenson). Scientific publications include: "Contemporary documentation of the rare eastern North American species Inocybe insignis" (2015, MycoKeys 11: 23-31), "Studies of North American macrofungi, 1. Validation of Lactarius rubidus comb. nov. and Leccinellum quercophilum sp. nov." (2013, Mycotaxon 124: 323-332), "Taxonomic revision of true morels (Morchella) in Canada and the United States" (2012, Mycologia 104: 1159-1177), "Morchella tomentosa, a new species from western North America, and notes on M. rufobrunnea" (2008; Mycotaxon 105: 441-446) and "Mushrooming in the age of DNA: now comes the fun part" (2007; McIlvainea 17: 43-49).

Alphabetical Listing of Contributors:

Irene Andersson

Ms. Andersson is an amateur mycologist in Sweden who has a special interest in threatened and rare species. Her Web site, Swedish Fungi, contains photos of many Swedish mushrooms.

George Barron, Ph.D.

Dr. Barron graduated with a B.Sc. in 1954 from the University of Glasgow, an M.Sc. in 1955 from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in 1958 from Iowa State University. From 1958 until he retired in 1993 he was the mycologist at the University of Guelph, Ontario. He specialized on microscopic soil fungi--particularly parasites and predators of rotifers and nematodes. As a retirement project he devoted much of his time to photographing mushrooms and other large fungi, and his book on this topic was published in 1999. For more stuff on fungi check his website, George Barron's Website on Fungi.

Rex Bartlett

Mr. Bartlett is a former Ohioan who was a commercial herbicide applicator for 15 years. His work included right-of-way management, both on- and off-road. His knowledge in both tree and plant identification afforded him state licensing from New York to Illinois. After some life changes, Mr. Bartlett now resides in Ontario with his wife and children. He has a great love for the outdoors and spends as much time as possible in the woods and fields, photographing and identifying mushrooms and other fungi. His Web site, Beyond the Morel, features many gorgeous photos of mushrooms.

Mark Davis

Mr. Davis is a journalist in the Midwest and has traveled internationally photographing and reporting features, sports and news events. He is currently working on a long-term project on morel mushrooms. His portfolio can be seen at Fried Morel Publishing.

Darvin DeShazer

Mr. DeShazer teaches biology in California. He is scientific advisor to the Sonoma County Mycological Association, and a regular contributor to Mushroom Observer. His extensive commentary on collecting and cooking western mushrooms is featured in 100 Edible Mushrooms, available in bookstores or at Amazon.

Pamela Kaminski

Ms. Kaminski is an amateur mycologist and photographer in eastern Pennsylvania. Her Web site, Pamela's Mushrooms, includes many photos from her extensive portfolio.

Ron Kerner

Mr. Kerner is an amateur mycologist and photographer in South-central Indiana. His Web site, Indiana Mushrooms, features his many mushroom photographs.

Chris Matherly

Mr. Matherly is an amateur mycologist in Georgia. His Web site, the Morel Mushroom Hunting Club, includes many mushroom photos and a public board for Mushroom Finds.

Andrew Methven, Ph.D.

Dr. Methven is a professor of mycology and chair of the Biology Department at Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of Agaricales of California: vol. 10 Lactarius and The Genus Clavariadelphus in North America. MushroomExpert.Com is deeply indebted to his expertise.

Lt. Col. Ronald Meyers

Mr. Meyers is a member and past president of the Kaw Valley Mycological Society; he now serves as the Society's Webmaster, and edits The Kansas Mycolog. He is a retired Air Force pilot living in Kansas. His photos are featured at Photographs of Kansas Mushrooms.

Holly Miller

Ms. Miller is a biological technician for the Pagosa Ranger District, located on the San Juan National Forest, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She holds a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, and her professional experience includes working as a wetland specialist for the state of Michigan and as an environmental specialist for a private consulting firm in Durango, Colorado. Ms. Miller is an amateur mycologist who started collecting morels while living in Michigan and has continued her pursuit of various mushrooms while residing in southwestern Colorado.

Daniel Molter

Mr. Molter is a philosopher and mushroom photographer from Ohio. He is a contributor to Mushroom Observer, and his photos have been featured on Wikipedia, in the Huntington Museum of Art, and in 100 Cool Mushrooms.

John David Moore, Ph.D.

Dr. Moore is an amateur mycologist and a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. His mushroom drawings illustrate many pages at MushroomExpert.Com.

Richard Nadon

Je suis un mycologue amateur de Montréal, je recherche et photographie dans mes temps libres les espèces communes et les espèces rares.

M. Nadon is an amateur mycolgist in Montreal. He hunts and photographs common and rare species in his spare time.

Charya Peou

Ms. Peou works as a digital artist for the C.S. Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA, and is a professional photographer. In her spare time, she is a woodland wayfarer with a fondness for fungi. She braves the Northeast wilderness to capture images of elusive mushrooms in their native habitat.

John Plischke

Mr. Plischke is an amateur mycologist who spends most of his free time hunting and photographing mushrooms. He is the walk and foray chairman and past president of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. He has given scores of mushroom lectures and slide presentations, has won over 50 awards for his mushroom photography, and has produced two programs for the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Educational Series. He is now chair of NAMA's Photography Committee and editor of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club Cookbook.

C. Ribet

Mr. Ribet is a professional photographer and amateur mycologist. His mushroom art photography seeks to create artistic portraits of mushrooms and their micro-environments. The best mushroom pictures become limited-edition fine art prints, printed on watercolor papers. You can view a slideshow of C. Ribet's mushroom pictures and mushroom art at

Tom Robbins

Mr. Robbins is an amateur photographer who enjoys hiking the in the woods of the Midwest. All forest floor fauna and flora are fair game for his camera, but he has grown passionate about mushrooms as subjects. His Web site features many photographs of Midwestern nature and scenery.

Carol Schmudde, Ph.D.

Dr. Schmudde is a retired English professor living in Colorado. Several of her photos appear on species pages. MushroomExpert.Com is highly indebted to her skilled proofreading!

Eileen Seto

Ms. Seto combines her interests in mycology and photography at her Web site, Mushroom Mania, which pictures over 50 species of mushrooms photographed in Canada.

Dianna Smith

Ms. Smith is an amateur mycologist, mushroom photographer, and Membership Chairperson of COMA, the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association. She produces and edits SCAPES, a series of educational shows on topics ranging from mycology to gardening, for community cable television channels. Her Web site,, documents and discusses many of the mushroom species found during COMA, NEMF and NAMA forays and scheduled walks. By educational background, she is a historian of science and technology.

Hugh Smith

Mr. Smith does most of his hunting in northern California and along the Pacific coast, and says he carries his camera wherever he goes. Since childhood he has been fascinated with nature, and he began photographing mushrooms after being taken on his first mushroom hunt, when he was "hooked." Hugh says: "There's a whole world out there waiting to be discovered . . ."

Hiroshi Takahashi

Mr. Takahashi is a professional writer in Kawaguchi, Japan. As an amateur mycologist, he is a member of the Saitama Mushroom Club and the Mycological Society of Japan. His Web site, Kinoko-ya ("The Mushroomer"), includes digital photos of more than 120 Japanese mushrooms.

Dave Wasilewski

Mr. Wasilewski resides in Luzerne County, PA. He has been a mathematics instructor since 1979, and is currently a member of the faculty at Luzerne County Community College. He has picked wild mushrooms since his boyhood days, but it was after getting his first field guide in 1983 that his interest in collecting and cooking with wild mushrooms really took off. He says the thing that people seem to find most difficult to understand about him is that he loves rainy weather so much.

Nathan Wilson

Mr. Wilson is a former president of the Los Angeles Mycological Society and science advisor to the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz. His interest in mushrooms goes back to age of ten, when he started learning about mushrooms from his mother in Humboldt County, California. He currently lives in southern California where he works at DreamWorks Animation. He continues to participate in several mushroom clubs, teaches classes about mushrooms, and maintains a Web site that encourages participation by anyone interested in mushrooms:

David Work

Mr. Work is a voice-over artist, chef, photo enthusiast, and amateur mycologist who resides in the fungally rich Mid Hudson region of New York State. He is the current president of the Mid Hudson Mycological Association, and has been avidly capturing photos of mushrooms for only a few years. His award-winning photos have appeared internationally in numerous Web sites, books, academic presentations, and calendars. Davidís photo Web site, David Work Mushroom Photography, offers an opportunity to take in the variety of fungi in the Hudson Valley and Catskills and also to view some of his recent work.

Deina Zartman

Ms. Zartman is a mushroom enthusiast who enjoys photographing mushrooms in her spare time. Her Web site,, shows off her photography, artwork and collectibles.

Robert Zordani, M.F.A.

Mr. Zordani is an English instructor at Eastern Illinois University, and an amateur mycologist.

Tim Zurowski

Mr. Zurowski is a nature enthusiast who enjoys photographing wildlife and nature in his spare time. His Web site and impressive image bank, at Tim Zurowski Photography, illustrates his photography, which has been published world-wide in various books, magazines and calendars. While just beginning to discover the world of mushrooms, it appears he may be hooked on mushroom mania and mushroom photography.

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Kuo, M. (2014, September). Contributors. Retreived from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: