The Madison Mycological Society (MMS) was founded in early 2018. As a community-oriented, knowledge-sharing space, MMS strives to be inclusive and welcoming to individuals of all levels of experience and walks of life.

Please review our bylaws for information on our organization and policies.

Board of Directors

Alden Dirks


Pronouns: he/him/his
Special interests (related to fungi):
The strange and enticing smells of different mushrooms (anise, apricot, watermelon...)

Field Guide:
A perennial polypore growing year after year into a large, mossy bracket, where you might find a fairy dancing, an old forager taking a rest, or a picnic with smoked salmon. My pores are maze-like so that your eyes get lost. Fall is a nice time to find me in old-growth oak woods.

Nora Duncritts

Vice President

Pronouns: she/her
Special interests (related to fungi):
Studying how fungi play their roles in ecosystems and photographing mushrooms

Field Guide:
Like Helvella sulcata, an enigmatic fungus that may function as decomposer or symbiotic mutualist, I enjoy spending time in the forest in spring through fall. My shape is amorphous and I have no gills, just ridges and folds. I have a dark top and I am usually very small, so finding me can be challenging.

Julie Persin


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Special Interests:
Fungi identification, Edible Fungi, Foraging

Field Guide: Hericium erinaceus - Lion's Mane
Like lion's mane, I usually can be found in Mesic forests around the Midwest. A saprobe of hardwoods, I too, flourish mid-summer. Rather than common gills, Lion's Mane presents as cascading teeth or spines from which white spores emerge-unique! Common names include "Sheep's Head" or "Bear's Head", but "Pom Pom Blanc" seems to align more closely with my personality; I'm always a cheerleader. (Lion's Mane is a known mood booster!)

Isabelle George

Citizen Science Director

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Field Guide:
Russulas are easy to identify at the genus level however it is difficult to get to know them more personally on the species, however, Russula cessans can be more easily identified by it's crimson cap. These mushrooms form complex and intricate relationships in the food web, forming mycorrhizal associations with pine trees and providing a food source for squirrels. Like myself, these mushrooms enjoy fall weather and can often be found on forested hiking paths.

Molly Crickman

Design Director

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Hawthorn McCracken

Outreach Director

Pronouns: she/her or they/them
Special interests (related to fungi):
Medicinal and edible shrooms, mycoremediation, permaculture, etc

Field Guide:
Small saprophytic mushroom, white to cream, found mainly in symbiosis with oaks or nut trees. Fruiting in autumn, sometimes found in spring or summer during cool periods. Found throughout Appalachia and Great Lakes region.

Andrew Turner

Digital Media Director

Pronouns: Anything!
Special interests: Plant diseases! Eating stuff! Small scale cultivation!

Field Guide:
Orange, bracket fungus, that tastes tastes vaguely like chicken. Pores on the bottom! Lots of them, one may even say that I'm polypored. I eat logs and can be found most commonly in autumn in lovely mixed-hardwood-conifer forests, but only when it's less than 85° Fahrenheit.

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