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Fungimap Events in Northern & North-west Tasmania 2016

SarahLloydMR19maybeSaturdayTasmania's glorious wet forests are hotspots of fungal diversity. Fungimap has conducted several expeditions to the Tarkine and they have contributed to a greater understanding of Australian fungi. What these expeditions revealed, however, is that it is obvious there is so much more to discover in Tasmania!

We returned in May 2016 to conduct four days of educational activities followed by a Mycological Expedition to the Tarkine based at Waratah. 




Donations to date for the Tasmanian Fungi campaign: 

Funds raised from 30 March 2016 to 20 July 2016: 









Details of Public Events:


Dates & Times in May 2016



Tue 17, 7:30 pm

Knowing Australian fungi - from mushrooms to the mycobiome’ by Dr Tom May


Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. At the Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn.

Wed 18, 9:30 am -12 & 1-3:30 pm

Fungi walks with Dr Tom May, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Julie Fielder

Liffey Valley near Westbury, exact locations upon booking. 

Thur 19 , 6:30 pm

Talks ‘Fabulous Fungi’ Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and ‘The ins and outs of information about Australian fungi’by Tom May

At Cradle Coast NRM, 1-3 Spring Street, Burnie.

Sat 21 - Sun 22, 9:30 am - 4 pm

Fungi and Slime mould displays.

Events base at or leave from Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

Sat 21, 9:30 am -12 &

1 - 3:30 pm

& Sun 22, 9:30 am -12

Fungi walks with Dr Tom May, Dr Teresa Lebel, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, Pam Catcheside and Julie Fielder



Speakers, Talks & Workshop Descriptions:

Sarah Lloyd

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Sarah Lloyd is a naturalist, writer and photographer with a lifelong interest in birds and a more recent interest in plants, fungi, myxomycetes and invertebrate. She is currently editor of The Natural News, the newsletter of the Central North Field Naturalists, has contributed numerous records to Fungimap and has written natural history books about several locations around Tasmania including the Tarkine, Blue Tier, Great Western Tiers and Panatana. Her most recent books are Where the Slime Mould creeps the fascinating world of myxomycetes (2014) and The Feathered Tribes of Van Diemen’s Land (2015).

Slime moulds – what are they?

Sat 21 & Sun 22, 12:15 - 12:45, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

Acellular slime moulds – the myxomycetes—are very common organisms found wherever there is organic material. Despite their ubiquity, few people know they exist and even specialists can’t decide where they belong on the tree of life.

This short talk will give an overview of the lifestyle of myxomycetes explaining why they have been described variously as plants, animals, fungi and, most recently, protists.

Sarah studies and photographs myxomycetes in the wet eucalypt forest that surrounds her home in central north Tasmania. The talk will include numerous images of these ephemeral, unpredictable, but often exquisitely beautiful organisms.

Tom May

Dr Tom May is a Senior Mycologist at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, where he carries out research on the taxonomy and ecology of larger fungi. Tom has been an active participant in community natural history groups for several decades, including a stint as President of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and current role as President of Fungimap Inc. Tom is also active in initiatives to improve the conservation status of fungi, and is a member of the IUCN Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball Specialist Group. Tom’s contributions to improving knowledge and conservation of Australian fungi were recognised by the award of the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2014.

Knowing Australian fungi - from mushrooms to the mycobiome

Tue 17, 7:30 pm, Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. At the Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn.

What do we know about Australian fungi? How many species are there? What are they all doing in soil, wood and plant leaves? Tom will discuss the diversity and roles of larger fungi such as mushrooms, including ways that field naturalists are contributing to knowledge. His talk will also cover tools for accessing information on your local fungi, through the Atlas of Living Australia. The talk will conclude with a look at exciting new molecular tools for investigating the mycobiome.

The ins and outs of information about Australian fungi

Thur 19 , 6:30 pm, At Cradle Coast NRM, 1-3 Spring Street, Burnie & Sat 21, 5:30 - 7 pm, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

How can field naturalists contribute to knowledge of Australian fungi? Tom will explore the various ways that sightings and images of fungi can be lodged; how these are identified; and how you can access information about your local fungi, such as through the Atlas of Living Australia.

Workshop on Identification of mushrooms

Sun 22, 1 - 3:30 pm, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

This workshop will cover basic terminology for describing the features of mushrooms; how you can use these features to identify your local mushrooms; and currently available resources for mushroom identification, including FunKey. The focus is on mushrooms (the gilled fungi also known as agarics). Participants are welcome to bring collections or images to discuss in the workshop.

Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

Dr Sapphire McMullan-fisher 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.

Records for Fungimap

Sat 21, 1 - 3 pm, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

One of our Fungimap mottos is 'Putting Australian fungi on the map'. We now have over 150,000 records from more than 700 contributors nationwide. These data are a significant contribution to the understanding of well-known, regconisable species of Australian fungi. Yet current research in many areas, especially conservation, is hampered by lack of basic knowledge of the biology and distribution of our fungi.

The focus of the work is to develop people's knowledge about fungi and to provide practical demonstrations of how to collect fungi data. We will introduce preferred Fungimap survey protocols and help participants develop their fungi recognition skills. We will also give tips on how to take photographs of fungi that assist with identification.

Teresa Lebel

Dr Teresa Lebel is a Senior Mycologist at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Teresa's research interests are primarily focused on the taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of Australasian truffle-like fungi and related agarics, in particular the Russulales, Boletales and Agaricaceae. Teresa is also intrigued by the interactions between fungi and other organisms, including the effects of mycophagy (by insects or mammals, including humans) and introduced weedy ectomycorrhizal fungi on macrofungal diversity and community structure; the co-evolution of interactions between ectomycorrhizal fungi, plant associates and mycophagous mammals; and the co-evolution of gall-midge–microfungi interactions.

Fungi are Amazing

Sat 21, 5:30 - 7 pm, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

We are grateful to the following supporters of the Fungimap Tasmania 2016 Events

Central North Field Naturalists

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Central North Field Naturalists

NRM North

Cradle Coast NRM



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