Team

Our Authors

We are Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Roz Hart,  and this ‘mycelium of knowledge’ (click on the names below to go to this authors biography):
  • Abby Glauser (AG)
  • Anna Hopkins (AH)
  • Bob Makinson (ROM)
  • Bryony Horton (BH)
  • Daniel Stanton (DS)
  • David Eldridge (DE)
  • Diana Leemon (DL)
  • Frances Guard (FEG)
  • Guy R Webb (GRW)
  • Ian Hood (IH)
  • John Thompson (JT)
  • Julie Fielder (JF)
  • Kaylene Bansgrove (KB)
  • Melinda Greenfield (MG)
  • Lena Neuenkamp (LN)
  • Neale Bougher (NB)
  • Noushka Reiter (NR)
  • Richard Robinson (RR)
  • Sandra Tuszynska (ST)
  • Stanley Bellgard (SB)
  • Steven Lee Stephenson (SLS)
  • Susanne Prober (SP)
  • Theresa Bint (TB)
  • Teresa Lebel (TL)
  • Terry Houston (TH)
  • Vivian Sandoval (VS).

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Our Volunteers, Photographers & Designers

Thanks to Yoav Bar-Ness for website support and, and our photographers: Paul Vallier, Sarah Lloyd, and Sumit S Dagar.

Our appreciation to Ola Roman for help with social media, design and so much more!

 

Our Editors

We are delighted that we have a great team of editors from around Australia (initials): Peter Buchanan (PB), Ben Gooden (BG), Helen Hayden (HH), Jacqueline Edwards (JE), Jasmin Packer (JPa), Jeff Powell (JP), John Dearnaley (JD), Louise Morin (LM), Mark Brundrett (MB), Michael Day (MD), Roger Shivas (RS), Sandra Abell (SA), Susan Nuske (SN),  Teresa Lebel (TL) and Tom May (TM). 

This team will provide content oversight and scientific reviews.  

Roz and Sapphire

Fungi4Land’s work is being propelled by Roz (left, based in Perth) and Sapphire (right, based in Melbourne). Taken during  first work session in the summer 2018  (Teresa Lebel).

Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

Sapphire

Sapphire is an ecologist who has special interest in the conservation of biodiversity, particularly the macrofungi and mosses. 

She has been active with Australian scientific groups like the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Australian Bryophyte Workshops,  Education Subcommittee of the Australasian Mycological Society,  and numerous community groups including many fungi groups, field naturalist clubs and Landcare groups. She is involved in Greening Australia’s Habitat Conservation and Management Course and the new Victorian Nature Stewards program. To read more about her research profile in Research Gate and LinkedIn.

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 particularly enjoys getting out into the bush to discover fungal treasures as often as she can.

Gold Tufts (Cyptotrama asprata, left) is Sapphire’s favourite fungus. It is delightful from the baby cushion tufts to the mushrooms with their pure white gills (Paul Vallier).

Roz Hart

Roz is an ecologist with a range of working experience from teaching Microbiology at the University of WA to running an Environmental Consulting Business with her husband Ray. 

More recently she worked as the Community Education officer with Mycologist Dr Neale Bougher on the Perth Urban Bushland Fungi project in WA, a project that raised awareness of the importance of fungi in bushlands, concentrating on Urban bushlands and opening many people’s eyes to the wonders of fungi.

She lives in Perth, close to Kings Park which is Perth’s iconic bushland park. Roz enjoys being a volunteer Guide at Kings Park,  where she encourages and educates other guides and the public about the importance of fungi in the bushland.

She loves bushwalking and exploring all over Australia and New Zealand looking for fungi, constantly learning more about our amazing Biodiversity, which she knows comprises at least 3 Fs: Fauna, Flora and Fungi!

Please note Sapphire & Roz have official and voluntary roles with Fungimap  and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV), but Fungi4Land activities are organised independently. 

Dr Daniel Stanton

Daniel studies how plants (and ecologically similar organisms such as lichens) modify their immediate microenvironments (e.g. by retaining water, fixing nitrogen, buffering temperatures, etc) and the ecosystem processes that emerge from these localized effects (such as water and nutrient cycling). Understanding these fundamental links between form and physiological function is central to understanding how plants will respond to
changing conditions and what the broad-scale consequences of those changes will be.

Roccellinastrum this lichen is not only unusual in its appearance (it looks like cotton candy with pink balls-its
reproductive structures-) but also its habitat: the several species known are most commonly found on the leaves of
Araucaria and Agathis trees from New Caledonia to Chile, but one species has ventured away from this to instead
grow on cactus spines in the desert! (photo credit: D. Stanton)

Dr Ian Hood

Ian Hood is a forest pathologist specialising in diseases and disorders of forest, rural and urban trees. His interests include fungi that infect the foliage, stems and roots of commercial and ornamental tree species and which decay and stain wood in living and fallen stems. He has undertaken research on fungal diseases in both temperate and tropical forests. Between 1992 and 1996 Ian was employed as pathologist at the Queensland Forestry Research Institute where he held diagnostic, advisory and research responsibilities in relation to fungal diseases and disorders in forests and nurseries throughout the State. These included Pinus and hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) plantations and natural forests (eucalypt, Callitris and rainforest). He was secretary of Research Working Group 7 (Forest Health) of the Standing Committee on Forestry (Ministerial Council for Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture) between 1994 and 2000 and in 2003 produced a semi-popular book on larger Queensland wood colonising fungi. Ian recently retired from Scion (the New Zealand Forest Research Institute) in Rotorua, New Zealand.

One of his favourite fungi is Ryvardenia campyla  in Nothofagus cunninghamii forest, Trowutta area, Northwest Tasmania (Photo: Ian Hood).

Dr Terry Houston

Terry was born, raised and educated in Adelaide, SA. His innate interest in living things led him to major in zoology and botany at the University of Adelaide. 
While curator of the Western Australian Museum (1978–2012). During that time, he undertook fieldwork over most of Western Australia and his research focused mainly on the taxonomy and natural history of Australian native bees. However, side studies included the natural history of various soil-dwelling insects, particularly sandgropers (relatives of grasshoppers) and earth-borer beetles. Since retiring in 2012, Terry has pursued his entomological interests as a Research Associate of the Western Australian Museum.

In respect of the to Fungi,  Terry sought to document the fungal diet of the adult earth-borer beetles in collaboration with Neale Bougher and to discover the diet of the larvae.

His favourite insects, of course, are native bees. If you really need something from me, how about the attached image showing an Australian solitary bee whose life-cycle and nesting biology has had me intrigued over the last two years because it is so unusual and perplexing. A nesting population of this chiefly eastern states species was found in Yanchep National Park on Perth’s northern outskirts only recently and remains the only known occurrence in WA (T Houston).

Terry Houston
Terry Houston