2019 SOMA Wild Mushroom Camp

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Faculty Biographies

Michael Castellano

I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1956 and grew up in the Los Angeles, CA area and on Long Island, NY.  I received A.A.S. in Forestry in 1978 from Paul Smith's College, New York, a B.S. in Forest Management in 1981 from Oregon State University (OSU), a M.S. in Tree Physiology in 1983 from OSU, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology in 1989 from OSU.  I began my professional career in 1979 as a technician with the research office of Weyerhaeuser Co. in Columbus, Mississippi.  I began working for the USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in 1980 as a Forester trainee.  My current position is that of Research Forester assigned to the USDA, Forest Service, Northern Research Station but still stationed in Corvallis, Oregon.  I am a courtesy Professor of Forest Science at OSU.  I have done extensive research on the applied aspects of ectomycorrhizal applications in forest ecosystems.  For the last 20 years my research has focused on increasing our understanding of the natural history and identification of fleshy macro-fungi (particularly truffles)  in forested ecosystems.  This directly relates to how ecosystems can be maintained and restored and involves aspects of the ecology, biology and functional diversity of forest fungi.  My current main interests and expertise include biodiversity of macrofungi (particularly truffle species) in forests, and managing rare, sensitive and endemic macrofungi.