Should I Have Eaten That? with Dr. Michael Beug
– and introducing his new book Mushrooms of Cascadia: An Illustrated Key
Michael Beug completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Washington in 1971. After one year teaching at Harvey Mudd College, he spent 32 years at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he taught chemistry, mycology and organic farming.
Michael started mushrooming in 1969 and began photographing fungi in 1973. His photographs now have appeared in well over 80 books and articles on mushrooms. In 1975, he joined the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and the Pacific Northwest Key Council, a group dedicated to writing macroscopic keys for the identification of fungi. His specialties are the Ascomycota, the genus Ramaria, and all toxic and hallucinogenic mushrooms. He is researching oak-associated fungi of the Columbia River Gorge, especially Cortinarius species. He has discovered more than 50 new mushroom species from a dozen genera. His hobbies are organic farming and winemaking.
In NAMA, he serves on the Education Committee, is chair of the Toxicology Committee, past chair of the Editorial Committee, and past editor of the Journal McIlvainea. He won the 2006 NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology. He regularly writes about mushrooms in Fungi Magazine, McIlvainea, The Mycophile, and Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming. Michael has prepared over two dozen PowerPoint presentations about mushrooms (available through NAMA as a two DVD set).
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