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Dennis E. Desjardin
Dennis E. Desjardin is professor of biology at San Francisco State University. He received a master's degree from San Francisco State University studying with Harry D. Thiers, and a PhD from the University of Tennessee under the tutelage of Ronald H. Petersen. He also trained with Alexander H. Smith, Rolf Singer, Meinhard Moser, and Egon Horak.
Desjardin is a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America, which awarded him the Alexopoulos Prize for outstanding research and the William H. Weston Award for teaching excellence, and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. He has published over 120 scientific papers on the taxonomy and evolution of mushroom-forming fungi, in which he described 225 new species and seven new genera. He has active research projects in the Hawaiian Islands, Micronesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, and the African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. A recent interest is in the origin and evolution of bioluminescent fungi.
Born and raised in Crescent City, California, he has been collecting and studying California mushrooms for over 50 years.
Books by Dennis E. Desjardin
California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide by Dennis E. Desjardin, Michael G. Wood, and Frederick A. Stevens