MMS Meeting

MMS Meeting

September 23, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Zoom and U of MN Borlaug Hall Rm 335
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul MN 55108

Mushroom Taxonomy – Why all the name changes?
with Jon Sommer

Our September 23rd meeting will be an in-person meeting held at Borlaug Hall AND shared remotely via Zoom.

Jon will talk a bit about the history of fungal taxonomy and look at where things are today, including addressing the very real question of “WHY ALL THE NAME CHANGES?” We will look at what we have to look forward to in the future of taxonomic research.


Jon Sommer has led mushroom forays, given lectures on a range of mycological topics, and taught mushroom identification across the U.S. for more than 45 years. He is a well-known speaker and presenter for mycological societies and forays across the country. He received a Bachelor’s degree in botany from Humboldt State University and Master’s degrees in botany and plant pathology from the University of California, Davis. He has studied mushroom identification with notable mycologists including Drs. David Largent, Orson K Miller Jr and Harry D. Thiers. A resident of Colorado for 30 years, and now living on the Oregon coast, Jon has in-depth knowledge of fungi across the US and particularly northern California and Oregon. He has been a member of the Colorado Mycological Society since 1993 and currently serves as its President. Jon is also a member of the Cascade Mycological Society, the Lincoln County Mycological Society, and the Humboldt Bay Mycological Society.

Presentations are recorded and posted a few days later on the MMS YouTube channel.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Members receive Zoom links on meeting announcements and reminders. Also, anyone can click on the button below and provide their contact info to be sent the Zoom link for this meeting.


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