David Campbell is president of the newly formed Mycological Society of Marin County. He has been collecting, studying, eating, teaching and writing about wild mushrooms for over 45 years. He served more than a decade on council for the Mycological Society of San Francisco (MSSF), including 2 terms as president. Primarily focused on edible and poisonous mushrooms, he has lead numerous fungal forays for MSSF and the Sonoma Mycological Association (SOMA).
David remains active with the San Francisco Poison Control Center for mushroom poisoning incident response in the greater Bay Area. He served as foray leader and event facilitator for several years at author David Arora’s annual mycological field seminars. An expert mycophagist (one who safely eats a wide variety of wild mushrooms) and experienced outdoor group leader, David Campbell is the long-time Foray Director for Wild About Mushrooms Company, teaching basic mycology and organizing wild mushroom events and adventures around California and beyond. His international tour company, MycoVentures, expands his horizons ever further; including truffle, mushroom, and wine tours in Italy and Croatia.
Norman Andresen has had a long history of interest in the fungal world, starting in 1st grade, and coming into more focus as a subject for photography as a young adult. His continuing interest lead to taxonomy, cultivation and mycophagy, leading to exposure to the leading local professional mycologists, including David Campbell, Harry Theirs, Denis Desjardin, Tom Bruns and others. He has been a long time member of MSSF, MSA and a volunteer at many fungi hobbyist events, fungus fairs and mushroom walks. He has taught mushroom cultivation at the San Francisco Presidio and Merritt JC, working with sterile technique and composting. An avid recreational collector of morels, boletes, chanterelles and other more exotic varietals, he’s eaten more than 50 wild species – and still kickin’!