Program Highlights

Program Highlights

  • Two free workshops (DeCIFR for integration of taxonomic, ecological, and evolutionary biological data in mycology; North American Mycoflora Project)
  • Foray at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve 
  • MSA Opening Reception
  • Presidential Address by Dr. Sharon Cantrell — “A Tropical Mycological Journey”
  • Karling Lecture by Dr. Hanna Johannesson — “Conflict as a motor for evolutionary change: insights from the fungal genomes”
  • Six exciting symposia on various timely topics
  • Two poster sessions (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Science, History, and Outreach Reception at the Bell Museum of Natural History

Celebrate a history of mycological research and volunteer efforts at the spectacular Bell Museum of Natural History on the St. Paul campus. 

– Featured display of archival art and science history on rust diseases. 
– Tour the UM student MycoClub fungal garden and taste at their Kombucha Bar. 
– Take a tour of experimental rust gardens ongoing for 50 years. 
– Sign up under the registration pages; volunteers are free (transportation and light food and beverages provided)

  • Chestnut Gavel Session (Business Meeting & Distinction Awards)
  • MSA Social, Auction, & Student Awards (never too early to start collecting auction items; contact Georgiana May ( for mailing details)
  • Nearly 100 contributed talks

2019 Meeting Draft Schedule

Our exciting planned symposia include:

SY1 = Fire-created landscape mosaics as a driver of fungal diversity (Ari Jumpponen)

SY2 = New approaches to studying marine fungal diversity (Allison Walker)

SY3 = Oh, the places you’ll go:  Career opportunities in mycology (Rachel Koch)

SY4 = Nothing in Mycology makes sense……but John Taylor helped explain it:  A symposium in honor of John Taylor (Jason Stajich)

SY5 = Genealogy of life:  Fungal biology at the intersection of systematics, genomics, ecology, and evolutionary biology (Jana U’Ren)

SY6 = Animal-associated fungi: From parasitism to mutualism (Danny Haelewaters)