Meredith Sabini, MA, PhD, has been collecting fungi since the 1970s, initially as a member of MSSF, more recently of SOMA. She trained as a social scientist, now works primarily as a teacher, researcher, and the director of an educational nonprofit in Berkeley. A widely published nature writer, she edited the popular anthology The Earth Has a Soul. Her personal practice of deep ecology is rooted in her Amish background. She has led beginners’ forays in Alameda, Sonoma, Marin, Napa, and Contra Costa counties.