A quick word to introduce myself – my name is Cam Durnsford, and I’ve recently started at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens as the new Fungimap coordinator. I come to the role with experience working in community media and project management in the not-for-profit sector and am currently studying at the University of Melbourne’s Master of Urban Horticulture program.
As a keen gardener, hiker and foodie it’s inevitable I’d be drawn to fungi – I’m humbled to be working on such an important and exciting project as Fungimap. I hope that through my work here we can continue to promote the conservation of fungi and further research in areas such as mycoremediation; it seems there are incredible opportunities for us to learn more about fungi and the important role they play in ecology. If I had to name a favourite fungus it would be Cortinarius archeri; I’m fascinated by mycorrhizal relationships, love eucalypts and it’s such a funky colour.
I look forward to meeting you soon, but in the meantime I wish you a fruitful fungi season.