The local research program continues documenting the Chicago Mycobiota through long term plot studies and related analysis and herbarium work plus major involvement with the Illinois Mycological Association. McHenry County Conservation District kindly contracted with Patrick in 2015 and 2016 for continued mushroom surveys at two sites. Several museum volunteers assist with herbarium work, identifications, and microscopy.
Illinois Mycological Association
Patrick increased his education, research and collections work with the Illinois Mycological Association as Scientific Advisor on forays and other events. He accepted the club's request to serve as President in 2015 and continued in 2016 and 2017. The IMA provided support for five workshops in 2015, another five in 2016, and in 2017 a joint program with the Wisconsin Mycological Society.
Community Science at Somme Woods
Patrick began an IMA volunteer research project at Somme Woods in Northbrook, Illinois. Oak woodlands are a major habitat across the Chicago Region and county forest preserves are actively managing and restoring these ecosystems. This is the first site where we investigate fungal diversity with European buckthorn.