The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. Join us for a panel discussion on the book and the themes it raises.
Join us to hear Merlin Sheldrake talk about his book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures. Entangled Life is a mind-altering journey into a spectacular and neglected world, and shows that fungi provide a key to understanding both the planet on which we live, and life itself.
Afterwards, Merlin and a diverse and learned panel, will talk about the book, and the themes it raises.
Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and a writer with a background in plant sciences, microbiology, ecology, and the history and philosophy of science. He received a PhD in tropical ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Trevor Goward is the curator of a lichen collection at the University of British Columbia and runs a website called waysofenlichenment.net. He has contributed around 30,000 lichen specimens to the university collection and described 36 new lichen species. He describes himself as a naturalist who thinks a lot about lichens and, through lichens, about ecosystems. He believes lichens tell us things about life and our relationship with the world.
Professor Toby Kiers received her PhD from the University of California, Davis, and is now a Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Vrije University Amsterdam. Her recent work looks at the complex trading markets that develop between plants and mycorrhizal fungi, and how the balance of power is maintained. She has conducted research around the world and is interested in how evolutionary theory can be used to promote innovation in farming.
Peter McCoy is co-founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots mycological advocacy organisation. Hugely influential in his field, he is an interdisciplinary mycology educator with 17 years of experience. His pioneering work focuses on accessible mushroom cultivation and mycoremediation, whereby mushrooms are 'trained' to decontaminate various environments and waste products. He lives in Portland where he is also a community organiser, permaculture designer, writer and artist.
Olivia 'Lilly' Edward (chair) is a nature journalist. She worked as Reviews Editor/Staff Writer/Digital Editor at Geographical magazine for more than six years, and continues to review for them on a regular basis. She likes nothing more than having discussions about nature and coming across interesting ideas that allow her to view the world in a new light.
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