2013 Faculty [Program]   

The 2013 NS Mycological Society Foray currently has the following esteemed faculty attending:

Dr. Richard Summerbell, Keynote Speaker

Richard is a Canadian mycologist, author and award-winning songwriter. He was editor in chief of an international scientific journal in mycology from 2000 to 2004. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers in mycology, botany and bacteriology, including research papers in Nature and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Much of the research explores opportunistic fungal pathogens—those that grow on (and at the expense of) humans and animals—and the unique ways in which these organisms exploit their environments. These environments are diverse. They include biofilms in hospital plumbing that harbour fungal pathogens which attack patients hospitalized for leukemia or major organ transplants. They also include waterfront vacation properties on streams, lakes or rivers that infect otherwise healthy visitors with the often deadly disease blastomycosis. His most cited works are on the fungi that cause human skin diseases (dermatophytes) and nail infections (onychomycosis). As of July 9, 2010 (2010-07-09)[update], his 1989 paper on onychomycosis is the most-cited original research paper published in the over 50-year history of the journal Mycoses. Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Summerbell

Dr. David Boyle
  David has been interested in mushrooms for a long time. He started and ran Maritime MicroBiologicals Inc. (MMBI), this company doing R&D, primarily for industry.  Fungi that increased plant growth (e.g. mycorrhizal fungi), degraded pollutants (bioremediation) or controlled insect pests (biological control) figured in varoius projects. MMBI also sold spawn for various edible mushrooms to commercial growers.  David continues to make spawn and give workshops on growing mushrooms during his retirement.
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.
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.