Bob Cummings, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, Santa Barbara City College
Bob has been leading forays, collecting, photographing, and eating wild mushrooms in the Santa Barbara area since the 1960s. Over the years he has built a large collection of photos and a modest herbarium of specimens for taxonomic reference. He is a member of the North American Mycological Association Toxicology Committee. He fields calls on a regular basis from lay persons, physicians and veterinarians from central California involved in mushroom poisonings, as well as working closely with emergency room physicians at local hospitals and clinics. He is a frequent foray leader and speaker for such organizations as the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Slow Food of Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles Mycological Society, and other mycological and natural history groups. Bob currently teaches an online course for Santa Barbara City College in plant diversity. For the past six years he has pursued his other passion, wine making. He lives in Montecito with his wife, Lynne, a retired elementary school teacher (and bird-watcher).
LAMS Meeting: December 2020
Program: "The Accidental Forager"
LAMS Meeting: November 2018
Program: "The 10 Best, the 10 Worst, and the 10 Ugliest Mushrooms in Southern California"