Darvin DeShazer

Joined: May 24, 2016 Last Active: Jun 8, 2023 iNaturalist

Darvin DeShazer is retired from the Science Department at St. Vincent High School in Petaluma, CA and for twenty-eight years had taught Biology and Advanced Placement Biology. In the past, he also taught Physics, Chemistry and Honors Chemistry.
He was one the cofounders of the Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMAmushrooms.org), a past President, newsletter Editor, creator of SOMA Camp, the Darvin DeShazer Scholarship Program (http://www.somamushrooms.org/scholarships/) and serves as the Science Advisor. His expertise in mushrooms stems from more than 45 years in the field and a personal library of over 1,000 mushroom books. His love for hunting mushrooms has resulted in over 10,000 color photos of fungi here at MushroomObserver.org. He assists local hospitals and veterinarians as the north bay identification expert of poisonous mushrooms and is a consultant for the Bay Area Poison Control Center and the University of California Agricultural Extension Service. Darvin has written keys to over 2,000 species of fungi and coauthored several publications about fungi, including ‘100 Edible Mushrooms’ which is currently available at Amazon.com. He teaches workshops in mushroom identification, truffle ecology and fungal microscopy.

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