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Lyn Allison

Conservation and Biodiversity Subcommittee Member

A newcomer to the delights to fungi, if not to conservation, Lyn was a teacher then Democrats Senator for Victoria for 12 years to 2008. Since then she has served on the boards of five major not-for-profit organisations and on committees of management of another four advocacy and community groups, including the Friends of Westgate Park. Lyn specialises in governance and advocacy in these roles.

Westgate Park – a 34 ha. park planted from scratch with 300 species indigenous to inner Melbourne – sparked her interest in fungi with its 60 or so species there, of which she has identified about half with some degree of confidence, thanks to Fungimap.

She brings a longstanding interest in the natural environment, a good record on persuading governments to support environmental protection, including the successful negotiation of over 500 amendments to strengthen the Federal Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and a lot of experience in strategy and campaigning.



Anthony Ballis

FungiMap Data Coordinator

Anthony Ballis grew up in Melbourne before completing his Bachelor of Science (Palaeontology) at Monash University in 2008. After completing his studies Anthony worked as a geologist and cartographer in the mineral exploration industry in Western Australia and South East Asia where he was also involved in mineral cataloging before recently returning to Melbourne. Anthony's role for the FungiMap project is the management of record and image data systems and the delivery of fungi data to the Atlas of Living Australia.





Matthew Barrett

FDU2 Working Group Member

Matt Barrett was raised on a cattle station in the Kimberley and developed an interest in plants and fungi of this remote and under-explored area from an early age. Matt has been involved with fungimap since the first conference in Denmark in 2001, with a particular focus on encouraging tropical representation amongst the fungimap targets. Matt is currently an Assistant Research Professor and the University of Western Australia based at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. He currently works on desert spinifexes (Triodia). In his 'spare time' he collects and studies fungi, with a special interest in the taxonomy, diversity and biogeographic relationships of 'larger' fungi in tropical Australia.

Nikki Bennetts

FungiMap Main Committee Member

Nikki has a background in biomedical science and ecology. She is currently working in the field of conservation and land management as a Landcare Coordinator on the NSW Central Coast managing a number of natural reserves and over 400 volunteers. Her interest in bushland fungi began in 2003 after organising a workshop for volunteers to learn about these little known and amazing organisms. She joined Fungimap in 2009 and has been a committee member since 2013. Nikki is also a keen photographer.


Pam Catcheside

FDU2 Working Group Co-ordinator

Pam has been involved with Fungimap since 1997, as Regional Co-ordinator for South Australia, as a Fungimap Committee member and as Editor of the Fungimap Newsletter. Her passion for fungi was awakened many years ago by mycology lectures at Imperial College, London. She has been President of the Field Naturalists Society of South Australia and Editor of its journal The South Australian Naturalist. After retiring as a High School Biology teacher in 1999 she started collecting and documenting the fungi in SA and is an Honorary Research Associate at the State Herbarium of SA. She started the Adelaide Fungal Studies Group in 2001 and runs workshops, gives talks and leads forays on a regular basis.   



Paul George

Fungimap Secretary

Paul has been the Fungimap secretary since October 2006. He has also been the Chairperson of the Field Naturalist Club of Victoria Fungi Group from 2004 to 2011. He is a keen and talented photographer who has been photographing fungi and since 2001 slime moulds. Paul is a regular workshop presenter at Fungimap Conferences where he shares his knowledge of ‘Photographing Fungi in the Field’.






Patrick Leonard

Vice President Queensland Mycological Society, FDU2 Working Group

Patrick first noticed fungi when, as a child, he helped his father fill a very large cart with delicious white mushrooms on the Argentine Pampas. 35 years later he learnt that they were Agaricus pampeanus. Patrick studied Agricultural Economics at the Universities of London and Oxford and went on to become a Senior Civil Servant in the UK’s Department of the Environment, working on Rural Development policy and on the adverse environmental effects of the Common Agricultural Policy on the British landscape. Whilst living in London his interest in fungi was re-awakened when he attended lectures and went on field trips with  the eccentric and charismatic Derek Reid, head of mycology at Kew. Patrick is mainly interested in Russulas and Lactarius and the design and accuracy of the keys used by amateur mycologists to identify fungi. He regularly leads forays and workshops for the Queensland Mycological Society. His favourite food is still the white mushrooms collected in the early morning with the dew on them and fried in home cured bacon fat. His greatest regret is that most of the natural pastures that produced this bounty were lost to the plough and the spray rig during his watch.


Tom May

President of Fungimap, Conservation and Biodiversity Subcommittee, FDU2 Working Group

Tom was the founding Convenor of Fungimap in 1995. He has been President of Fungimap Inc. since 2005. Tom has also been an active member of various community natural history and conservation organisations, including a stint as President of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and several years as editor of Australasian Plant Conservation, published by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation. Tom is passionate about sharing knowledge and enthusiasm for fungi and has led numerous forays and workshops for Fungimap and other organisations. Tom is a Senior Mycologist at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne where his research focuses on the taxonomy, ecology and conservation of macrofungi. He maintains the national checklist of Australian fungi and has recently completed an interactive key to the genera of Australian agarics. One of Tom's favorite pastimes is puddling around in a rainforest during autumn looking at mushrooms.



Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

Fungimap Coordinator, Chair of Conservation and Biodiversity Subcommittee, Data and Images Subcommittee, FDU2 Working Group

Sapphire is an ecologist who has special interest in the conservation of biodiversity, particularly macrofungi and mosses. She did her doctorate at the University of Tasmania on ‘Surrogates for cryptogam conservation - associations between mosses, macrofungi, vascular plants and environmental variables.’

Sapphire has been actively involved with Fungimap since 1999. She was Project Officer for the Altas of Living Australia – Fungimap project in 2012. This project was full of Sapphire’s interests which include community engagement and action; scientific communication and education; fungal photography and image management; bioinformatics and natural history observations; collecting fungi and using names that taxonomists create.She is the regional representative for Australasia for the International Society for Fungal Conservation [ISFC], and is active with Australian scientific and community groups like the Ecological Society of Australia, Australian Bryophyte Workshops and field naturalist clubs.

Having lived in four states and traveled across Australia’s landscapes she has been involved in many of the fungal community groups over the years. She has worked with many of these groups to raise the profile of local fungi and the important roles fungi play in our environment. She particularly enjoys getting out into the bush to discover fungal treasures as often as she can.


Alison Pouliot

Conservation and Biodiversity Subcommittee Member

My imagination was fungally infected while crawling around the forests of my childhood. Ever since I've been pondering the ecological significance of fungi in the greater scheme of biodiversity. 

More recently I've been reflecting on human-fungal relationships, especially from conservation perspectives. This is stuff I care about and it's caring that I think is vital to conservation.

Some stuff I've done and written about can be found here.



Richard Robinson

FDU2 Working Group, (Past Fungi Festival Brisbane 2014 Organising Committee)

Richard has been involved in Fungimap since the first Conference in Denmark, WA in 2001.  His passion for fungi was inspired by mycology lectures during his Science degree in Botany at the University of Tasmania in the early 1980s.  He went on to complete further studies in fungal ecology, firstly in Tasmania then British Columbia, Canada.  Richard is a senior research scientist with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, based in Manjimup, WA. His main areas of research concern forest management issues, including the impact and control of Armillaria root disease caused by Armillaria luteobubalina in regrowth forests and the effects of fire and timber harvesting on macrofungal communities in karri and jarrah forests.  He is especially interested in the succession of macrofungal communities following fire and those species specifically adapted to cope with fire. Richard is also passionate about documenting the many undescribed species of native macrofungi and regularly conducts workshops and gives talks to community groups, including Fungimap, on the ecology of native forest fungi and survey techniques for fungi.


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