DIANNA SMITH

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NORTH AMERICAN MYCOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (NAMA) PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

Dianna is currently the Chairperson of the North American Mycological Association’s Committee on Medicinal Fungi. Three of her articles have been published in NAMA’s peer-reviewed publication, MCILVAINEA, with two more in on the way. The include an article on mycologist Gary Lincoff, her mentor; another entitled 'Medicinal Fungi: Hype and Hope’ (Vol. 27, 2018); and 'Ling-zhi, The Chinese Elixir of Immortality’ Vol. 28, 2019).   She is past editor (2012-2017) of the North American Mycological Association's bimonthly publication, THE MYCOPHILE, for which she won the NAMA 2012 President's Award. She was also recipient of the Harry and Elsie Knighton Service Award for the contributions she made as four term president of the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association (COMA).  (See http://namyco.org/awards/index.html)

 PUBLISHED FUNGI PHOTOGRAPHY

Dianna documented and photographed the fungi finds of COMA members on scheduled club walks from 2003 to 2012. They have been viewed well over a million and a half times! (See http://www.pbase.com/comafungi). Now the best of these can also be found here at her website www.FUNGIKINGDOM.net and www.PVMAFUNGIKINGDOM.net. Hundreds of her photos can be also seen in several recently published field guides of Britain and North America, including Michael Kuo’s 100 Edible Mushrooms,  Gary Lincoff’s, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Michael Beug, Alan and Arleen Bessette’s Ascomycete Fungi of North America, the new Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America digital application for smart devices. Several of her photos can also be found on Michael Kuo’s informative site, www.mushroomexpert.com.  

NORTHEASTERN MYCOLOGICAL FEDERATION (NEMF) PRESIDENT

She served as President of the Northeast Mycological Federation (NEMF) for three years (2015-2018) and assisted associated mycology clubs from eastern Canada to Washington, DC in organizing the annual Sam Ristich Foray on a rotating basis. She also served as webmaster for the organization. (See http://www.nemf.org)

CONNECTICUT-WESTCHESTER MYCOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (COMA) PRESIDENT

Dianna served as President of COMA for four years, two-term Vice President and two-term Membership Chairperson. She continues to serve as a guest mycologist and speaker at COMAs annual Clark Rogerson Forays. (www.comafungi.org)

COMMUNITY CABLE TV PRODUCER & CO-CREATOR of  COMA’s GARY LINCOFF U. 

Before moving to the Northampton area of western Massachusetts at the end of 2012, Dianna was producer and editor of her own community cable show called SCAPES. For 22 years it featured hundreds of half-hour shows on master gardening, botany and mycology in NY and Connecticut. After doing her first show on mycology with COMA members in 2002-2003, she became hooked on mycology and began reading every field guide she could find!

MYCOLOGY EDUCATION

In addition to studying on her own and lerning from other professional and amateurs, Dianna studied mycology with Gary Lincoff, author of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America and several other books, during late winter workshops at COMA's Mushroom University, an educational program she created with Gary and managed for the club over the course of several years. It is still going strong! Some of the mycology lessons included on this website are based on or were inspired by these studies. In 2014, she studied with Alan and Arleen Bessette, authors of numerous field guides, at Eagle Hill Research Center in Stuben, Maine. She also taught two mushroom identification workshops at Eagle Hill with Ascomycete expert, Dr. Roz Lowen at Eagle Hill Research Center in Maine. She leads several multi-day mushroom identification workshops for the Pioneer Valley Mycological Association (PVMA) annually, participates in area university Bio-blitz activities; presents talks on mycology to various organizations and clubs.

PIONEER VALLEY MYCOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (PVMA) CO-FOUNDER & MYCOLOGY EDUCATOR

Dianna has since become co-founder with Hadley resident Michael Ostrowski of the Pioneer Valley Mycological Association. They have established a Facebook presence for the club at https://www.facebook.com/groups/209812692499260/. She continues to write and give programs on various topics in mycology for the PVMA and other mycology clubs, for universities, public schools, state parks, preserves and environmental centers, as well as garden clubs and leads several guided walks during the week and on weekends each year for the club. If you are interested in having her give a program on mushrooming or any other mycology topic, contact her at dianna.smith@comcast.net

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Dianna Smith's educational background includes an advanced degree from Tufts University in the history of science and technology with particular emphasis on developments in premodern Western Europe and China. She studied Chinese at Harvard University and worked as an assistant to her mentor Dr. Nathan Sivin at M.I.T., professor and author of numerous scholarly publications on pre-modern Chinese scienctific theory, astronomy, technology and medicine. She also taught college history classes in European Civilization.