Greg Bonito, Ph.D. – President

Gregory Bonito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University, an M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia, Athens, and a B.Sc. in Ecology from Appalachian State University in Boone NC. His primary research interests are systematics and taxonomy of truffle fungi, biology of Pezizales, fungal biodiversity, and inter-kingdom interactions between fungi plants and bacteria. For more details on his research click here

Tim James, Ph.D. – Treasurer

Tim is an Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan and Assistant Curator of Fungi at the University of Michigan Herbarium. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University and a B.Sc. in Botany from the University of Georgia. His primary research interests are mushroom genetics, the systematics and taxonomy of fungi, and a group of aquatic fungi known as chytrids. For more details on his research click here.

Phil Tedeschi- Secretary

Phil Tedeschi

Phil Tedeischi took his first mushroom class in 1971 from Dr. Robert Shaffer through the Ann Arbor Public Schools Systems adult education program.  The course consisted of 4 3-hour classroom sessions and 4 3-hour forays. Mushroom hunting has been a hobby ever since.  He joined the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club in 1997 and became a hunt leader in 1998. He served as a club vice-president for 4 years and as president for 6.  He is still a hunt leader and identifier for the club and is a life member.  Amateur mycology has always been a vocation, his vocation was to serve as a programmer analyst at the University of Michigan for 30 years supporting research programs in medical economy and in medical research.

Erik Lilleskov- Director

Erik Lilleskov is a research scientist with the US Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in the Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences unit, located in Houghton Michigan. He received a Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University; an M.S. in Botany, Field Naturalist Program, from University of Vermont; and a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University.  His primary research interests are in the community and functional ecology of soil biota, especially fungi, in the context of global change phenomena; as well as understanding the drivers of carbon cycling in peatland ecosystems. For more details on his research click here or here

MAMI and the mycological community continue to miss the presence of MAMI Founder, Dr. Chris Wright. Read more about his inspiring journey here: Dr. Chris Wright

Board of Advisors

Dr. Heather Hallen-Adams – Associate Professor (Mycology), University of Nebraska

Matthew Foltz – University of Michigan, Herbarium Project Coordinator (Macrofungi TCN)

Dr. Sister Marie Kopin – North American Mycological Association, Education and Toxicology Committees; Secretary, Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club; she has hunted mushrooms since she was 7 years old and is an emeritus retiree from Central Michigan University

Dr. Dana Richter – Research Scientist II, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University

Sandy and Gerry Sheine – Members, Michigan Mushroom Hunter’s Club; Sandy is the Chair of the  North American Mycological Association, Education Committee and a North American Mycological Association, Emergency Mushroom Poisoning Contact

Marilynn Smith – University of Michigan, Biological Station, External Advisory Board

Jerry Watson – Member Michigan Mushroom Hunter’s Club