Alden Dirks אוצר

הצטרף ב:ספט' 03, 2018 פעילות אחרונה: יולי 08, 2020

About Me

I have been foraging and identifying fungi with ever increasing enthusiasm since 2015. Currently, I am a PhD student with Dr. Tim James in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at University of Michigan. While interested in all groups of fungi, my research and outreach work is primarily focused on 1) taxonomy of crust fungi and development of the website; 2) organizing the Michigan Mycoflora Project and assembling a comprehensive field guide to Michigan's macrofungi; 3) and the phylogenomics and ecology of marine zoosporic fungi. I am also passionate about teaming with fungi to promote biocultural restoration – the practice of not only restoring ecosystems but also human relationships to place. As such, I was the founder and president of the Madison Mycological Society for which I led biweekly forays and organized mycological events. Along this vein, I have the lifelong goal of eating 1001 fungal species. Learn more about this project and my research at

I am enthusiastic to receive specimens for inclusion in If you have crust fungi that you would like to share with me, please send me a message beforehand so that I can confirm I am ready to receive specimens and know to expect them. Specimens can be sent to:

Alden Dirks
4050 Biological Sciences Building
1105 N. University Ave
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


iNaturalist projects:

Michigan Mycoflora Project (umbrella)
Mushrooms of Michigan (collection project)

Other relevant sites:

Alden Dirks' blog and research site
Crust Fungi website
Mushroom Observer

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