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 Lyn Allison

 Fungimap Committee, 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.

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.


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.  Pam’s research interests are mainly in the Discomycetes, particularly the Pezizales, dryland fungi and fungi that fruit after fire.



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’.





Roz Hart

Fungimap Vice-President, Conservation and Biodiversity Subcommittee Member

Roz has been interested in WA fungi since she was a kid, as her Mum was a fun biology teacher. Roz has a science degree in microbiology, and now regards herself as an ecologist, interested in conservation and the inter-relationships between all living things. Roz organised Fungi workshops and forays with the WA Naturalists Club in the ‘90s and joined Fungimap in 1999 due to Katie Syme when Katie became the first WA Fungimap regional coordinator. She was the Community Education Officer with the Perth Urban Bushland Fungi Project working with mycologist Dr Neale Bougher successfully raising awareness of the importance of the 3F’s: Flora, Fauna and Fungi in the environment for 8 years until sadly funding dried up. She has been the President of the WA Naturalists’ Club. She now organises the WA Fungi Study group and is Volunteer Guide at Kings Park where she continues to raise awareness of the importance of fungi to Conservation and the environment with both the guides and the visiting public. She also has a great interest in presenting science as fun and relevant to youngsters.
Lachlan Tegart, Fungimap Volunteer – Social Media


Sarah Lloyd

Sarah Lloyd is a Tasmanian naturalist, writer and photographer whose passion for natural history began in early childhood with a love of birds. Since moving to a tall wet eucalypt forest in central north Tasmania in 1988 and joining the Central North Field Naturalists, her interests have broadened to include plants, bryophytes, invertebrates and fungi. Since 2010 Sarah has been preoccupied with acellular slime moulds, the myxomycetes. She has amassed more than 1400 collections representing over 115 species – all collected within one kilometre of her home.

Sarah had a brief stint as Tasmanian state coordinator of Fungimap and was an inaugural committee member when Fungimap was incorporated. She has helped to organise several Fungimap excursions to the myrtle-beech rainforests in western and northeast Tasmania.

Sarah is newsletter editor of The Natural News, newsletter of the Central North Field Naturalists. She has written books about the natural history of various places in Tasmania including the Blue Tier, Tarkine, Panatana and the Great Western Tiers. Her latest publications include Where the slime mould creeps – the fascinating world of myxomycetes and The Feathered Tribes of Van Diemens Land. She has recently started a website about myxomycetes.

Patrick Leonard

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, Mycologist, Reprasentative for Conservation and Biodiversity, 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. As well as being the current office Coordinator she is working for Fungimap as the Mycologist. In this role she produced surveys, training and data collection systems to improve the conservation status of Tea Tree Fingers (Hypocreopsis amplectens). This project is supported by the Victorian Government Threatened Species Protection Initiative Community Volunteer Action Grants in 2016.

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 Australasian Mycological Society, 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.


Graham Patterson

Fungimap Volunteer - Office

Graham qualified as an electrical engineer but spent most of his paid career as a secondary teacher of physics and general science. Always interested in nature, he began looking at fungi with the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. In retirement, as well as volunteering with Fungimap and at the Field Naturalists Club library, he is active in a Friends group in Melbourne and looks after his young grandson regularly. Linked to his long-term project to walk around the coast of Victoria (not quite done), he has published two guide books covering nature and history around Port Phillip and Western Port, and is working on a third.



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.


LachlanTegart x150 Lachlan Tegart

Fungimap Volunteer – Social Media

Lachlan Tegart is a masters student at the University of Melbourne, undertaking a research project investigating the biology of pollen and fungal spores in the air of Melbourne, and in particular looking at its relationship to allergic diseases such as hay fever and asthma. He also took part in the Jim Willis Studentship Program at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, studying cryptic species in the Lactifluus clarkeae species complex, supervised by Dr Teresa Lebel. Aside from his interest in botany and mycology, he is also passionate about science communication, social media and improving science education, in particular curing people of ‘mycomyopia’.

He has been involved with Fungimap since 2015 and helps to coordinate the Fungimap Facebook page, and loves getting involved with Fungimap expeditions and making fungal collections for the Herbarium.

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