September 19 – A Short History of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms and Society with Tom Bruns

This promises to be a fascinating and timely talk from an internationally renowned expert in the field of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

About Tom
Tom Bruns is professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.  He received an MS in Botany from the University of Minnesota in 1982, where he worked on insect mycophagy in the boletes, and a PhD in Botany from the University of Michigan in 1987, where he worked on the molecular systematics of Suillus. He served as a postdoctoral associate at UC Berkeley from 1987-1989 before joining the faculty in 1989.   His publication record includes over 180 papers primarily in the fields of fungal ecology and systematics:  He is best know for his work in ectomycorrhizal systems where he has contributed to our understanding of community and population structure, spore banks, mycoheterotrophic plants, spore dispersal, and molecular method development.  He currently teaches three courses on mycology at Berkeley and has won the Weston Teaching Award from Mycological Society of America in 2007, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley for his efforts. He served as president of the Mycological Society of America in 2011-2012, the president of International Mycorrhiza Society from 2015-2017, and received the Distinguished Mycologist Award in 2018 from the Mycological Society of America for his career achievements in the field.   More details on his early path into mycology can be gleaned from his interview for the Oral History for Mycology:


LOCATION:  Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA, 7-9pm