2012 Faculty [Program]   

The 2012 NS Mycological Society Foray currently has the following esteemed faculty attending:

Ms. Frances Anderson, Lichenologist
Dr. Scott Cunningham
  Scott is a biologist with a doctorate in molecular biology,and sea kayaker who has explored the Atlantic coast by canoe and sea kayak for over two decades. In 1982 he established Coastal Adventures,and outdoor adventure and kayaking company. He has written of his experiences extensively in articles for outdoor magazines and has published Sea Kayaking in Nova Scotia,a detailed route guide (revised in 2000). He has photographed our coastline extensively and his work has appeared in several magazines and books depicting the region. Scott is an avid naturalist and co-founder of the Halifax Field Naturalists. His specialty is the mushroom flora of the region.
Mr. John Crabtree

John developed an interest in Mushrooms almost 30 years ago and he says the only thing he loves more is his wife and his grandchildren, maybe! It has developed to the point where John now has a web site devoted to Mushrooms and also Wildflowers of Nova Scotia.

John has given talks on mushrooms and wildflowers at various venues throughout the province and has been invited by various groups to be their mushroom “expert” on “bioblitz’s” and mushroom forays. Included amongst these groups are;

  • Nature Conservancy of Canada.
  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust.
  • Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
  • Halifax Field Naturalists.
  • Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia.
  • Nova Scotia Community College.

John is a long standing member of the Pictou County Naturalists.

Mr. Gary Gilbert
  A wild food enthuiast who has gathered wild edible & medicinal plants and mushrooms in the Maritimes for over 30 years, he also enjoys reading about the historical and cultural uses of the earth's wild plants and mushrooms. Beginning in 2012 he started a blog called 1left.wordpress.com which is mainly about foraging with a dash of true nature.
Dr. Gavin Kernaghan
  Gavin is Associate Professor at Mount Saint Vincent Univeristy. He leads the Atlantic Root Symbiosis Lab,where research focuses on the ecology of fungi in northern forests. In particular the ecological relationships between plant communities and their root associated endophytic and mycorrhizal fungi. The lab combines mycorrhizal re-synthesis with a variety of DNA based identification techniques. Gavin is a director of the NS Mycological society and leads the mushroom identification and voucher specimen program for the Nova Scotia forays.