Partner Event

Fascinating Fungi – Invisible Allies in Rewilding

22 November 2022
17:00 - 18:30 Europe/Rome

Join the Rewilding Community of Practice’s seminar on the role of fascinating fungi in rewilding our planet.

We will host this virtual community gathering on the topic ‘Fascinating Fungi: Invisible Allies in Rewilding’ on Tuesday, the 22nd of November at 5:00PM CET/4:00PM GMT/8AM PST. The duration of the event will be of 90 minutes.

The Rewilding Community of Practice aims to build a network of rewilding enthusiasts and professionals who can exchange ideas and information to help build a better world.

This is a fantastic opportunity for rewilders to learn more about the incredible role fungi play in rewilding – and how to rewild mycological networks – from three experienced practitioners who work on turning these invisible allies into a visible force for good.

We hope you will join us in our effort to scale our collective impact and rewild our planet!


The Speakers

David Satori (Rewilding Mycology), Michael J. Hathaway (World Matsutake Research Group – Simon Fraser University), Bethan Manley (SPUN).

David Satori, Founder of Rewilding Mycology

David Satori is a mycologist, consultant, and founder of Rewilding Mycology. He holds an MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity, and Conservation and is a former Species Conservation Researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where he contributed to IUCN Red List assessments of tropical plant species.

David has extensive experience in designing fungal surveys, generating baseline data, and recognizing opportunities for fungal conservation on sites with various land use histories. He draws from his experience at Kew Gardens, where he managed large databases on plant documentation, distribution, population trends, and threats. He will introduce the field of rewilding mycology, highlight the importance of science being fungi-inclusive and discuss recent strides in the field.

Michael Hathaway, Professor at World Matsutake Research Group – Simon Fraser University

Michael Hathaway is a cultural anthropologist who has been working in China for over a quarter century on two major topics. His first project explored how global conservation programs were re-configured by Chinese scientists, villagers, and wild animals (such as Asian elephants), and his second examines the role of fungi in reshaping economies and ecologies on a vast scale.

He will speak about a mindset shift the world urgently needs: a shift from viewing other organisms as objects of utility (as things to be eaten, commodified or even used in rewilding projects) to fellow beings that are also world makers. What might it mean to recognize the presence and power of fungi all around us, especially from this different perspective?, he asks.

Bethan Manley, Program Manager Global Data Science at SPUN

Bethan began studying underground fungal networks during a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge examining Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and their genetic interactions with crop plants. She has since continued work on the genomics of symbiotic fungi as a Postdoctoral Researcher, and worked as a Senior Computer Biologist at the Sanger Institute, UK, on the Tree of Life Project that aims to sequence all eukaryotic species on Earth.

Bethan now works for SPUN | Society for the Protection of Underground Networks, a non-profit initiative that aims to map, understand, and conserve underground mycorrhizal fungal networks. She will speak about the awe-inspiring work the SPUN team does of mapping underground mycorrhizal networks that regulate the Earth’s climate, and the advocacy and innovation work the organization does to protect and preserve our underground fungi kingdom.

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