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Stephen will discuss his efforts to create a statewide biodiversity survey of macrofungi from Indiana and how these efforts can be applied to neighbors in Illinois. Primary topics will include integrating citizen scientists, online forays, specimen collection, and how anyone in Illinois can get important specimens DNA sequenced for free. Stephen Russell is a mycologist from Indiana working on a biodiversity survey of all of the macrofungi (mushrooms) that occur in the state. He founded The Hoosier Mushroom Society in 2009 and is currently the President of the organization. His initial interest in mushrooms began with cultivation, which led to writing a book titled The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, 2014). Stephen’s current project is a citizen science and DNA based exploration of local fungal biodiversity, which has now generated thousands of new DNA-sequenced collections of fungal fruitbodies from across the state. Stephen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in mycology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He also holds a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) and a Masters of Environmental Science (MS) from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications from Purdue University. When not working with fungi, Stephen works as the CTO for a private equity firm. Visit Mycoflora's website at https://mycoflora.org/ IllinoisMyco.org If you're new to participating in Zoom meetings, here are a couple tips: • Download Zoom from zoom.us prior to the meeting. • Test your video and audio, adjust settings as needed • Join a test meeting at https://zoom.us/test For further information, please contact the Illinois Mycological Association at[masked] or [masked]. Renew your membership in IMA for 2020 now. Use PayPal from this link: Join Us | Illinois Mycological Assocation or use the form on the back page of the newsletter to send a check Upcoming Programs: August 17, 2020: iNaturalist and IMA with Patrick Leacock, PhD September 8 @ Chicago Botanic Gardens - Not happening this year September 10, 2020: TBA October 5, 2020: TBA October 19, 2020: TBA November TBA, 2020: TBA December 7, 2020: Annual Member Picture Show and Party Information on forays are in our newsletter.