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LAMS is a non-profit group whose purpose is to foster and expand the understanding and appreciation of mycology (that is the study of mushrooms and fungi).

We create and sponsor fun mushroom related events and help people learn about and identify mushrooms they find in the greater Los Angeles area.

IMPORTANT UPDATE!  Please see the directions page for a change to the entrance to our meeting room. (Hint: the long walk through the bowels of the Natural History Museum is over.)

May 21 (Monday) 7:30 PM LAMS General Meeting, Times-Mirror Meeting Room, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Speaker: Christian Schwarz, coauthor, "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast”

Program: "Bottoms Up! Visions for the Future of a North American Mycoflora"

We are riding the early stages of a wave of change in the way taxonomy and floristics are done. I'll be talking about the de-professionalization of taxonomy, open-access publishing, citizen science, and more.



Christian Schwarz with jack o'lantern, Omphalotus olivascens

Christian Schwarz is a naturalist currently living in Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied Ecology and Evolution at UC Santa Cruz, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, and making scientific collections of macrofungi. He is coauthor of "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast" (www.redwoodcoastmushrooms.org).  Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms – from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublimely beautiful. Besides dabbling in mushroom taxonomy, he’s an excitable birder, mediocre fisherman, and passionate about citizen science – particularly through the use of iNaturalist.

More information about LAMS events is available on the Calendar page.


No LAMS forays are scheduled at this timeLAMS members will receive an announcement of forays as soon as they are scheduled.

You can now join LAMS or renew your current membership, using our convenient and secure PayPal online payment option.

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LAMS is now on Meetup

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