Mycologist Alan Rockefeller will lecture on the identification of psilocybin mushrooms. The presentation will include an overview of all North American species, focusing on the species which occur in Southern California. The audience will learn important characteristics for accurate identification and how to spot poisonous lookalikes. Participants are invited to bring legal mushrooms for a hands-on discussion of how to identify mushrooms you encounter.
Alan Rockefeller is a mycologist living in Oakland, California. He spends half the year hunting mushrooms in Mexico where he documents a wide variety of fungal species. His experience in the field includes focuses on mushroom identification, DNA analysis, microscopy and photography. In the lab, Alan sequences the DNA of mushrooms from all over the world, gaining new insights from existing species, discovering new species, and eliminating duplicates in the taxonomic record.