DIANNA SMITH

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Dianna is currently the editor 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

She also serves as President of the Northeast Mycological Federation and assists associated mycology clubs from eastern Canada to Washington, DC to organize the annual Sam Ristich Foray on a rotating basis. She is presently also webmaster for the organization. (See http://www.nemf.org)

Her 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 Nathan Sivin at M.I.T., professor and author of numerous publications on pre-modern Chinese scienctific theory, astronomy, technology, geomancy and medicine.

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

Dianna served as president of the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association (COMA) for four years, two-term Vice President and two-term Membership Chairperson. She studied mycology with 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 and several multi-day mushroom identification workshops she leads for the Pioneer Valley Mycological Association (PVMA) annually. 

Dianna documented 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 FUNGIKINGDOM.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.  

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 each year for the newly formed 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