NANCY S. WEBER
Nancy S. Weber is a native of Michigan; according to her parents, she went on her first morel hunt when she was 6 weeks old. She has been involved with mushrooms and mushroomers much of her life since then, both professionally and as a hobby. Nancy received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Michigan where she studied botany and specialized in mycology. In 1988 she moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where she and Drs. Jim Trappe and William (Bill) Denison collaborated on studies of the morels, truffles, and related cup-fungi of western North America. At present she is an Affiliate Faculty member of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.
Nancy is senior or a co-author of over 50 publications on mycological topics, many about morels and related cup-fungi in western North America. She has presented over 60 talks or workshops to mushroom clubs and natural history organizations. She for several years she taught and workshop on mushrooms of the Oregon Coast at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Since 1997 Nancy has been exploring the diversity of easy-to-spot macrofungi in her quarter acre wooded yard in Corvallis. Over 350 kinds with fruiting bodies big enough to locate without using tools other than a hand lens or magnifying glass are on the list at last count. In November of 2013, she was one of participants in a segment on mushrooms for OPB's Oregon Field Guide.
Ph.D., 1971, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Botany
A.M., 1967, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Botany
A.B., 1965, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Botany
No degree, Ohio Wesleyan University, Botany
Positions held at Oregon State University:
2004-present: Affiliate Faculty Member, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
2000-2004: Courtesy Professor (Associate), Department of Forest Science
1999-2000: Associate Professor, Senior Research, Department of Forest Science,
1990-1999: Assistant Professor, Senior Research, Department of Forest Science,
1989 -1990: Courtesy (Assistant) Professor, Department of Forest Science
Fields of Specialization: Mycology -- General interests: taxonomy, biodiversity, systematics, phylogeny, distribution, and ecology of the macrofungi. Special interests: morels and allied cup-fungi (Pezizales, Ascomycotina) of the conterminous western United States, recreational (not drug-related) and commercial utilization of morel mushrooms; fruiting patterns of macrofungi; history of mycology and mycologists of western North America General Botany -- especially flowering and fruiting of native perennial herbaceous plants.