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Based on ten years of original research by the authors, this volume presents an introduction to the diversity of macrofungi found in the tropical oak forests of Costa Rica's Talamanca mountain range and serves as an identification guide to common genera and species. Within the guide, 101 species in 10 families are described and illustrated in color, some of which have never been illustrated before. Also included are a background introduction to the forest habitats of the Talamanca mountains, a guide to collecting mushrooms, and a glossary to technical terminology.
Roy E. Halling (born December 31, 1950) is an American mycologist. Halling specializes in the study of mushroom-forming fungi, especially the taxonomy, ecology, and systematics of the Boletineae, a suborder of the Boletales, and is widely published in this area. He is currently the curator of mycology at the New York Botanical Garden, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Halling received his Masters degree from San Francisco State University in 1976, with a thesis titled "The Boletaceae of the Sierra Nevada", under the supervision of Harry Delbert Thiers. His PhD was from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1980 with a dissertation titled "The genus Collybia in New England. His supervisor was Howard E. Bigelow. Halling has served as the associate editor of the journal Brittonia (1984-1989), the managing editor of Mycologia (1986-1996), and as the associate editor of the latter journal from 2002-2004. Halling was the president of the Mycological Society of America in 2008-2009. Roy Halling's Author Page
Gregory M. Muller's is Chief Scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science at Chicago Botanic Garden. His research and training programs focus on the systematics, biogeography, ecology, population biology, and conservation of higher fungi, especially mushrooms and other macrofungi. His postdocs, graduate students, and collaborators have been documenting the worldwide diversity and distribution of fungi and the factors influencing these patterns. Thus, in addition to spearheading survey and inventory projects in China and Latin America and undertaking monographic studies of Laccaria - Hydnangium clade, Cantharellaceae, and other model taxa, he has been investigating how fungi respond to anthropogenic stress and restoration efforts in the Chicago area and conservation practices in Costa Rica and China. Because some fungi, especially those that form ectomycorrhizas, appear to be negatively affected by pollution, they are a good group to use to monitor the impact of environmental change on forests. He has also been active in developing and publishing protocols for quantitative sampling of fungi to facilitate their inclusion in conservation and biodiversity initiatives. We have recently initiated population- level studies to investigate conservation-related questions in macrofungi, i.e., size and age of individuals, the role of spores versus clones for maintenance of populations, barriers to geneflow, etc. Finally, he is interested in developing biodiversity informatics tools to build ID tools and serve biodiversity data to diverse publics. For example, he was the project director of the vPlant project, and is the coordinator of the Global Fungal Red List Initiative. Gregory M. Mueller's Author Page