Chris Wright, Ph.D. – Executive Director
Chris is a researcher in mycology and a mycological entrepreneur. He received a Ph.D. in Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences from Michigan State University, and a B.Sc. in Psychology from Northern Michigan University. His primary research interests are focused on lignolytic soil fungi and fungi living in the human microbiome. He is also an avid mushroom cultivator, and is the president of Easygrow Mushrooms and Composting LLC. Chris conducts mushroom cultivation programs all across Michigan, including an annual class at Michigan State University’s Student Organic Farm.
Greg Bonito, Ph.D. – Director
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. – Director
Tim is an Assistant 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.
Board of Advisors
Dr. Gerry Adams – Professor of Practice, University of Nebraska
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. Erik Lilleskov – Research Ecologist and Director’s Representative, U.S. Forest Service
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
Dr. Phil Tedeschi – President. Michigan Mushroom Hunter’s Club
Jerry Watson – Member Michigan Mushroom Hunter’s Club