Tuesday, 29 September 2015

New Fungimap Patron - Prof. Tim Entwisle (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria)

Fungimap is delighted that Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has agreed to take up the role of Patron of the organisation.

Professor Tim Entwisle
Professor Entwisle is a highly respected scientist, scientific communicator and botanic gardens director. Tim's scientific expertise is in freshwater algae but he has broad interests across all plants and related life forms. During his time as Manager of the Plant Sciences Branch at RBGV in the 1990s, Tim actively supported fungi research at the Gardens. Since then he has held senior roles at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney, before returning to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria as Director in March 2013.

Tim's recent book Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia’s Changing Seasons, challenges the use of the traditional four seasons in Australia (and includes a section on the time of appearance of fungi, utilising data from Fungimap). Tim is a frequent guest on Australian radio and television, hosting ABC Radio National’s first gardening show, Talking Plants, and contributing regularly to RN’s Blueprint for Living.

Tim takes a very wide view of 'plants' in his informative and entertaining Talking Plants blog, including posts on algae and fungi from time to time, such as:
Tim presented a fascinating talk based on his fungi blog posts at the Rawson Fungimap VII Conference in 2013. We look forward to seeing him at future Fungimap events.

               Fungimap's first Patron, Professor Jim Ross            
We'd also like to pay tribute to Fungimap's first Patron, Professor Jim Ross, who commenced in the role when Fungimap was set up in 2005 as an incorporated association. Prof. Ross was a long-time Chief Botanist and Director of the Plant Sciences & Biodiversity Division at RBGV, and was invited to be the inaugural Patron in recognition of his steadfast support of Fungimap from the inception of the fungi mapping scheme in the mid-1990s to emergence as a national community group for Australian fungi. In particular, the establishment of the Fungimap office at RBGV was critical for the development of the organisation, and the national office is still hosted there today. At RBG Victoria, Prof. Ross was visionary in placing mycology firmly within the science program, recruiting not just one but two Mycologists (Dr Tom May and Dr Teresa Lebel). We thank Prof. Ross for all his efforts on behalf of Fungimap and wish him well in his retirement. 

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