Thomas J. Volk, Ph.D.
Personal data September 3, 2005
address: Dept. of Biology. 3024 Cowley Hall.
Phone 608-785-6972, Fax: 608-785-6959 Email <email@example.com>
Internet World Wide Web Page <TomVolkFungi.net>
Research Mycologist with Dr. Harold H. Burdsall, Jr.,
Research Associate with Dr. Thomas J. Leonard,
Science in Botany:
Phi Beta Kappa, "With Highest Honor" (Summa cum Laude).
August 2002-present Professor of Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
2003 Recipient of the Weston Award for
Excellence in Teaching Mycology, from the Mycological Society of
2005 Recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Mycology, North American Mycological Association
August 1999-August 2002 Associate Professor of Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tenure awarded August 2000.
August 1996- August 1999 Assistant Professor of Biology and Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
May 1996-2002 Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Botany.
1995-May 1996 Adjunct Assistant Professor,
1989‑August 1996 Research
Mycologist, Center for Forest Mycology Research, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI,
with Dr. Harold H. Burdsall, Jr. Term
(temporary) Position. Systematics, culture, cytology, ecology, and genetics of
wood‑rotting basidiomycetes, especially Agaricales, Corticiaceae and
Polyporaceae sensu lato. Also
isolation and identification of ascomycetous and deuteromycetous fungal
contaminants on imported logs in conjunction with APHIS. Received Certificates of Merit May 1993,
December 1995. Collaborated with
visiting scientists from tropical countries (
· May 1988‑1993 Research Collaborator, UW-Madison Botany Department, Dr. Thomas J. Leonard. Continued work on the morel, and genetics and cultivation of shiitake and Pleurotus.
· September 1984‑ Sept. 1989 Laboratory manager de facto, fungal genetics and mycology laboratories of Dr. Thomas J. Leonard. Duties included supervision, advising, and training of nine undergraduate research participants, supervision and advising of work‑study and hourly workers, ordering equipment and supplies, and general laboratory management.
· February 1984‑June 1988 Research Assistant. UW-Madison Botany Department with Dr. Thomas J. Leonard, "Experimental studies on the morel."
· September 1980‑Feb. 1984 Research Assistant. UW-Madison Botany Department with Dr. Thomas J. Leonard, "Genetics of fruiting body and mound (tumor-like growth) formation in the basidiomycete Schizophyllum commune."
January‑June 1980 Undergraduate Research.
August‑December, 1979 Undergraduate Research Participant. Argonne
· Introductory Mycology. Biology 412/512 Graduate/advanced undergraduate level lecture, laboratory, and field course that surveys all the major groups of fungi (and relatives) in terms of anatomy, morphology, ecology, systematics, physiology, genetics, pathology and evolutionary relationships. I made major revisions of the lab manual I designed for this course and trained teaching assistants. Students collect fungal specimens and cultures. (10-24 students) Fall 1996-present
· Medical Mycology. Biology 413/513 A study of the yeasts, molds, and actinomycetes pathogenic to humans and other animals. Emphasis on lab techniques for isolation and identification of pathogenic fungi. (15-38 students) Spring 1997-present
· Advanced Mycology Discussions of primary literature, continuation of fungal identification, several forays. 10 students. Fall 2004
· Plant-Microbe Interactions. Biology 454/554 Survey of the fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes that interact with plants as parasites (plant pathogens) or mutualists. Includes macroscopic, cellular and molecular level of interactions. (5-10 students) Spring 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006
· Food and Industrial Mycology Exploitation of fungal life cycles for the production of food and industrial chemicals, as well as detrimental effects of fungi on those products. (10-12 students) Spring 2005
· Latin and Greek for Scientists BIO 390. I developed and taught this course for graduate students and seniors on the origins of scientific terminology. I now this is a sophomore level course, typically with 30-35 students /year. Spring 200-present
· Introductory Biology. Biology 101 Lab Instructor. (25-30 students per lab) Fall 1996
· Plant Biology. Biology 204 . Responsible for entire course Fall 2004 Lab Instructor almost all other semesters. Also presented several guest lectures each semester.. (70-100 students, 15-25 students per lab)
University of Wisconsin‑ Madison
· Introductory Mycology: Botany/Plant Pathology 332. Undergraduate/graduate level course. See above paragraph for course content. I taught this course 7 times at UW-Madison, responsible for all aspects of the lecture and lab. 20‑24 Students Fall 1994 Lecturer. 1988 Faculty Assistant Fall 1986 Teaching Assistant and Project Assistant Spring 1986 Lecturer Fall 1992, 1990 Guest lecturer In charge of all aspects of graduate/advanced undergraduate level course. Presented all lectures and laboratories, supervised and trained course preparation specialist, supervised Teaching Assistant. Major course modifications included student collections of fungi and training in culturing techniques. Feb.‑June, 1985 Introductory Mycology (Botany/Plant Pathology 332)-- Took over class with the formal title of "Teaching Assistant" (although duties were those of Lecturer, Course Preparer, and Teaching Assistant) on one day's notice after Dr. William Whittingham, the professor in the course, died suddenly. I was responsible for all of the lab and 1/3 of the lectures
· Introductory Botany 100 Non‑biology majors lecture/lab course surveying the plant and fungal kingdoms and relationships to humans and economic importance. I taught this course both as a Lecturer and as a Teaching Asst. 150‑200 Students. Fall Semester 1991 Lecturer and Course Administrator. . I was responsible for 25% of the lectures, plus all exam preparation and grade assignments, supervision of two Teaching Assistants and a lab preparation specialist, contact instructor and advisor for students, and was coordinator between lecturers in the course. Spring 1986 Guest Lecturer (4 Lec.)
· General Botany 130 Botany Majors lecture and lab course emphasizing the diversity of the plant and fungal kingdoms including their ecology, physiology, biochemistry, systematics, anatomy, morphology, and genetics. I taught this course in its entirety as Lecturer, and earlier as a Teaching Assistant under Dr. Ray Evert. 150‑175 Students Fall 1989 Lecturer. Presented all lectures for the course, set lab content, supervision of six teaching assistants and a lab preparation specialist, as well as course administrative duties
· Introductory Biology 151/152 Biology majors course emphasizing all aspects of living organisms, including anatomy, morphology, physiology, systematics, biochemistry, genetics, and ecology. I gave about 12 guest lectures in this course sequence, and at one time was a Teaching Assistant. 200‑250 Students Biology 151 Fall 1989 Guest Lecturer. (3 lectures) Plant anatomy and physiology portions of course Biology 152 Spring 1989 Guest Lecturer. (10 Lectures) Plant anatomy and physiology portions of course. 1986 4 lectures
· Plant Physiology: Botany 500 Botany majors undergraduate/graduate course (with laboratory) emphasizing experimental approaches to the physiology and biochemistry of plants. I was a Teaching Assistant for this course. 30‑40 Students
· Experimental Mycology: Botany/Bacteriology 554 Graduate/undergraduate course in fungal physiology, emphasizing the uses of fungi as tools for research and industry. I was the Teaching Assistant de facto for this course taught by Thomas J. Leonard, and I gave several lectures in the course. 15‑20 Students
· August 1980‑May 1984 Teaching Assistant Experience: Teaching Assistant in Introductory Botany 100 twice (non‑majors), General Botany 130 (majors), Introductory Biology 151 (majors), Mycology (Botany/Plant Pathology 332) twice, and Plant Physiology (Botany 500). Teaching Assistant de facto in Experimental Mycology (Botany/Bact. 554).
Other guest lectures in courses at other universities:
· May 2004 Developed and taught a special topics course with Glen Stanosz at the UW-Madison Dept. of Plant Pathology: Spring Fungi of Wisconsin. Involved a Sunday foray and Monday lab identification session. May 16-17, 2004
April 2000 Biochemistry,
April 1991 "Plants and
December 1990 Introductory Mycology
I have created
and maintain an internet World Wide Web page <http://TomVolkFungi.net>
that contains links to my Images for
Teaching Mycology, 1000+ downloadable images of fungi from all taxonomic
groups. My main page is downloaded 8000-19,000 times per month by people from
all over the world, with more than 119,000 hits in the past year and more than 717,000
times in the past 9 years. The site also
has a “Fungus of the Month” as well as an extensive introduction to the Kingdom
Fungi. I have received email from every continent, including
Czederpiltz, D. L. L., Wikler, K., Rademacher, M., Volk,
T. J., Hadar, Y., and Micales, J.
2004. Biodiversity of
wood-inhabiting fungi in Israeli pine forests.
In Diversity, Ecology and Systematics of Fungi in
Volk, Thomas J. 2004. Smut on the Internet. Mushroom News 52(2):24-26.
Volk, Thomas J. 2003. Teaching medical mycology to graduates and undergraduates. Inoculum 54(4): 2-10
Volk, Thomas J. The impact of the Internet on Mycology. in "Current Trends in Mycological Research” Ed. M K Rai. In Press.
Volk, Thomas J. 2002. The Humongous Fungus—Ten years later Inoculum 53 (2): 4-8
Volk, Thomas J. and John W. Rippon, 2001. "Eating Mushrooms: Death, Ecstasy or Gourmet's delight"
Chapter 17 pp. 365-383 in "Trichomycetes and other fungal groups: Robert W. Lichtwardt Commemoration
Volume”. Ed. J.K. Misra and Bruce W.
Czederpiltz, Daniel L., Thomas J. Volk, and Harold H. Burdsall, Jr. 2001. Field observations and inoculation experiments to determine the nature of carpophoroids associated with Entoloma abortivum and Armillaria. Mycologia 93: 841-851.
Volk, Thomas J. 2001. “Fungi: the threads
that keep ecosystems together.” pp.
xi-xiii. Foreword of “The
Fungi” 2nd edition.
Volk, Thomas J. 2001. Poster Sessions as teaching and learning tools in Mycology courses. Micologia Aplicada International 13(1): 45-49
Volk, Thomas J. 2001.“Fungi” --invited chapter in The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity Vol. 3: 141-163. Academic Press.
Volk, Thomas J. 2000. Polypore Primer: An introduction to the characters used to identify poroid wood decay fungi. McIlvainea 14 (2): 74-82
Volk, Thomas J. and Karen Nakasone, 1999. The changing nature of fungal names and systematics. McIlvainea 13(2):59-68.
Banik, Mark T.,
Harold H. Burdsall, Jr. and Thomas J.
Volk. 1998. Identification of groups within Laetiporus sulphureus in the
Volk, Thomas J. and John W. McCain. 1998. Mushrooms and Other Fleshy Basidiomycetes. Slide set with accompanying text for the American Phytopathological Society, ISBN 0-89054-226-0. Includes 63 slides and eight pages of explanatory material.
Volk, Thomas J. 1998. Naming the Polypores:Why Polyporus has been split into more than 100 genera. Mycophile 39(2):1-3.
Volk, Thomas J., Mary Ellen Kozak, & Joseph Krawczyk. 1997. Ecological guides to the cultivation of edible mushrooms. Mushroom News 45 (5):26-36.
Burdsall, Harold H., Jr., Thomas J. Volk, and Joseph F. Ammirati, Jr. 1996. Bridgeoporus, a new genus to accommodate Oxyporus nobilissimus. Mycotaxon 60 :387-395
Banik, Mark T., Thomas J. Volk, and Harold H. Burdsall, Jr. 1996. Armillaria species on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, including confirmation of North American biological species XI. Mycologia 88:492-496.
Volk, Thomas J., Harold H. Burdsall,
Jr. and Mark T. Banik. 1996. Armillaria
nabsnona, a new species from western
Miller, Orson K., Thomas J. Volk, and Alan Bessette. 1996. A new genus, Leucopholiota, in the Tricholomataceae (Agaricales) to accommodate an unusual taxon. Mycologia 88: 137-139.
Volk, Thomas J. and Harold H. Burdsall,
Jr. 1995. Nomenclatural study of Armillaria and Armillariella species (Basidiomycotina, Tricholomataceae) Fungiflora,
Carmen, Harold H. Burdsall, Jr. and Thomas
J. Volk. 1995. Wood-decay fungi of
the state of Bolivar in southeastern
S.Ammirati, L.Norvell, T.O'Dell, M.Puccio, M.Seidl, G.Walker,
Volk, Thomas J., Harold H. Burdsall,
Jr., and Keith Reynolds. 1994. Checklist
and host index of wood‑inhabiting fungi of
Burdsall, Harold H., Jr. and Thomas J. Volk. 1993. The state of taxonomy of the genus Armillaria. McIlvainea 11:4-12
Harold H. Burdsall, Jr. and Thomas J.
Volk. 1993. Interfertility among
isolates of Armillaria tabescens in
Volk, Thomas J. 1993. Alliteration Accidental? Science 259:295.
Volk, Thomas J., Thomas J. Leonard and Lin Bin. 1992. [Cytological studies of morels.] Guo Wai Shi Yong Jun [Chinese Journal of Foreign Research on Edible Mushrooms] 3:42-46. in Chinese.
J. and Thomas J. Volk. 1992.
Production of Specialty Mushrooms in
Volk. Thomas J., 1991. Understanding the Morel Life Cycle: Key to Cultivation. McIlvainea 10 (1): 76-81.
Volk, Thomas J. and Thomas J. Leonard. 1990. Cytology of the life cycle of Morchella. Mycological Research 94: 399‑406.
Volk, Thomas J. 1990. The current state of morel cultivation. Mushroom News 38 (8): 24‑27.
Volk, Thomas J. and Thomas J. Leonard. 1989. Physiological and environmental studies of sclerotium formation and maturation in Morchella. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 55: 3095‑3100.
Volk, Thomas J. and Thomas J. Leonard. 1989. Experimental studies on the morel. I. Heterokaryon formation between monoascosporous strains of Morchella. Mycologia 81: 523‑531.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Thomas J. Virtual Mushrooms: A Guide to Mushrooms and other fungi of
Sean and Thomas J. Volk. A
study of the mycorrhizal fungus Hydnellum in
· Burgess, Joshua, William Schwan and Thomas J. Volk. . Determining the ecology of Blastomyces dermatitidis, a systemic fungal pathogen of humans, using a rapid PCR-based system (being prepared for PNAS)
· Adam Gusse and Thomas J. Volk. Biodegradation of phenolic resins by white-rot fungi. (being prepared for Science)
· Volk, Thomas J. and Harold H. Burdsall, Jr. Monograph of North American species of Armillaria.
Invited Departmental Seminars
· November 2000 Portland State University Department of Biology “The relationship of morels with the roots of plants”
October 2000 Minnesota State
University-Mankato, Department of Biology
“Forest Fungi of
St. Mary’s University, Dept. of Biology,
Jun 1999 Penn State University, Plant Pathology
Departmental Seminar, “Forest Fungi Across
· Mar 1996 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Biology and Microbiology Departmental seminar. "Fungal biodiversity, endangered species, and systematics: Studies in Bridgeoporus and Armillaria."
· Feb 1996 UW- Madison Botany Department Seminar. "The most noble polypore, Bridgeoporus nobilissimus, a rare and endangered fungus."
Dec 1995 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
· Dec 1994 UW- Madison Botany Dept. Colloquium with Michael Clayton: "New Multimedia Resources”
1998 Focus on Fungal Infections
Jul 1994 Conference on Biodiversity Studies of Western
Aug 1989 Conference on the Cellular and Molecular
Biology of Basidiomycetes,
May 1989 National meeting on Biology and Cultivation
of Shiitake mushrooms.
Aug 1981 American Institute of
Biological Sciences/Mycological Society of America meeting in
2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998,
1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1989, Peer Reviewer for Mycologia, Journal of the Mycological Society
· 2003 Peer Reviewer for The Condor, International Journal of Avian Biology, also for Mycological Research.
· 2001, 1998 Reviewer for Mycotaxon
· 2000. Reviewer for Fungi chapter in Raven and Johnson’s textbook “Biology,” Reviewer for Bioresource Technology
· 1998 Peer Reviewer for Advances in Space Research, Mycological Research 1999 Mycorrhiza
· 2001, 2000 Canadian Journal of Botany
· 1996, 1995, 1994 Peer Reviewer of several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, Canadian Journal of Botany, and Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
· 1999 Peer Reviewer, pre-submission book proposals, Princeton University Press; for Encyclopedia of Plant Pathology; for US Forest Service publication on Bridgeoporus nobilissimus; and APS Press book on Phytopathogenic Fungi
· 1996- 1997, 2003-2004 Major reviewer, Fungi Chapter of the Sixth and Seventh Editions (1998 & 2005) of Raven, Evert and Eichhorn’s Biology of Plants, the most widely used Botany text in the English speaking world. Also published four photographs in that chapter.
Mycological Society of America annual meeting. Hilo, Hawaii. July 30- August 5, 2005
Oral presentations: 1. Joshua W., Burgess, William Schwan, and Thomas J. Volk. Detection of Blastomyces dermatitidis DNA from natural samples using rapid PCR-based methods.. 2. Bernadette O’Reilly and Thomas J. Volk The exploitation of mycorrhizal association to induce fruiting in Morchella esculenta. 3. Kelsea Jewell Thomas J. Volk The possible biocontrol of pathogen Candida albicans using the killer yeast Candida glabrata Y55
Posters: 1. Jonathan Palmer and Thomas J. Volk Molecular characterization of mycorrhizal fungi associated with a disjunct stand of American chestnuts (Castanea dentata) in Wisconsin 2. Melanie Winter and Thomas J. Volk “Rediscovery” of C.W. Hesseltine’s thesis on the Mucorales (Zygomycota) 3. Bridget Pfaff and Thomas J. Volk Water, water everywhere: preliminary studies in medical document recovery following water infiltration
Mycological Society of America annual meeting, Asheville, North Carolina. July 18-21, 2004
Oral presentations: 1. Adam Gusse and Thomas J. Volk. Biodegradation of phenolic resins by white-rot fungi. 2. Bernadette O’Reilly and Thomas J. Volk. Preliminary isolation and identification of fungi and bacteria associated with morel fruiting
3. Sean Westmoreland and Thomas J. Volk. Comparison of chemosystematics and ITS sequencing in the systematics of Hydnellum (Basidiomycota, Thelephoraceae)
Kelsea Jewell and Thomas J. Volk. Preliminary investigations into the use of a
killer Candida strain to control candidiasis. 2. Maria Lee and Thomas J. Volk. Preliminary proteomic profiling of
dimorphism in Penicillium marneffei, an opportunistic fungal pathogen of
humans. 3. Jonathan Palmer and Thomas
J. Volk. Survey of fungi associated
with a disjunct stand of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) in
Associate Infection Control Nurses
Bimonthly meeting at
Mid-Continental Mycological Conference. UW- Madison. March 26-27, 2004
Oral presentations: 1. Adam Gusse and Thomas J. Volk. Biodegradation of phenolic resins by white-rot fungi.
2. Bridget Pfaff and Thomas J. Volk. Water, water everywhere. Preliminary discoveries in document recovery following water infiltration in an indoor environment.
3. Kelsea Jewell and Thomas J. Volk. Killer yeasts: explanations and exploitations
Posters: 1. Thomas J. Volk. Teaching Medical Mycology to Graduates and Undergraduates.
2. Joshua W., Burgess, William Schwan, and Thomas J. Volk. Development of a rapid PCR-based assay to detect the human pathogen Blastomyces dermatitidis in soil samples.
3. Adam C. Gusse and Thomas J. Volk. Survey of Wood-decay And Other Fungi From Kachemak Bay, Alaska.
4. Bernadette D. O’Reilly and Thomas J. Volk. Time-lapse and epifluorescence microscopy of hyphal interactions of Armillaria with its pathogen Entoloma abortivum.
5. Maria Lee and Thomas J. Volk. Preliminary proteomic profiling of dimorphism in Penicillium marneffei, an opportunistic fungal pathogen of humans.
Thomas J. Volk Teaching mycology in the Age of
Uncertainty. Invited symposium
presentation at the Deep Hypha
systematic mycology meeting,
Joshua W. Burgess, William Schwan, and Thomas J. Volk.
Development of a rapid PCR-based assay to detect the human pathogen Blastomyces
dermatitidis in soil samples. (Joshua
won first prize for graduate student oral presentation.) North Central branch
of the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting.
1. Joshua W., Burgess, William Schwan, and Thomas J. Volk. Development of a rapid PCR-based assay to detect the human pathogen Blastomyces dermatitidis in soil samples. (Joshua won one of three graduate student poster awards.)
2. Adam C. Gusse, and Thomas J. Volk. A Survey of Wood-decay And Other Fungi From Kachemak Bay, Alaska. 3. Bernadette D. Oreilly and Thomas J. Volk. Time-lapse and epifluorescence microscopy of hyphal interactions of Armillaria with its pathogen Entoloma abortivum. 4. Sean E. Westmoreland , Thomas J. Volk and Susan Hopkins. Morphological, molecular, and musical studies in Hydnellum (Basidiomycota, Thelephoraceae), reinforced with a new method, Chemosystematics with HPLC Using Mass Spec (CHUMS). 5. Nicholas C. Zitomer, Thomas J. Volk, and Marc Rott. Isolation and characterization of antimicrobial substances from fruiting bodies of macrofungi.
International Society of Animal and Human Mycology (ISHAM) meeting, San Antonio, TX, May 24-30, 2003
1. Thomas J. Volk. Teaching Medical Mycology to Graduates and Undergraduates.
2. Joshua Burgess, William Schwan, and Thomas J. Volk. Development of a rapid PCR-based method to identify Blastomyces dermatitidis from soil.
Adam Gusse and Thomas J. Volk. A survey of wood-decay and other fungi from
Gusse and Thomas J. Volk. A
survey of wood-decay and other fungi from
2. Chau Nguyen and Thomas J. Volk. Extraction of antimicrobial compounds from fungi.
3. Bernadette O’Reilly and Thomas J. Volk. Studying fungal pathology using epifluorescence and time-lapse photography
Thomas J. Volk “Colonization by mycorrhizal and wood-decay fungi of a disjunct stand of American chestnuts in Wisconsin” The American Chestnut Foundation Annual Meeting, La Crosse, WI Oct 20, 2002
Mycological Society of
1. Sean Westmoreland, Thomas J. Volk, and Aaron Monte. “A morphological, pigment, molecular and musical study of Hydnellum (Basidiomycota, Thelephoraceae).”
2. Nicholas C. Zitomer and Thomas J. Volk, “Isolation and Identification of Novel Compounds and Antibiotics from Basidiomycota Fruiting Bodies”
Thomas J. Volk “Little Fungi on the Prairie” Prairie
Enthusiasts annual meeting,
Mycological Society of
1. Marsha Harbin and Thomas J. Volk “Recycling of spent grains from beer and ethanol production into media for mushroom production” Phytopathology 91: S111
2. Sean E. Westmoreland and Thomas J. Volk “A preliminary study of Hydnellum (Thelephoraceae, Basidiomycota) using morphological and pigment characteristics” Phytopathology 91:S126.
3. Thomas J. Volk. “Issues in using electronic media in teaching Mycology” Joint APS/MSA workshop: Strategies for teaching Mycology in the plant pathology curriculum.
4. Presented a one-day 6.5-hour lecture short course “Catching up on Mycology.” see below in “Teaching outside universities”
Thomas J. Volk “Tom Volk’s Fungi, a website for learning about mycology.” Instructional Technology Symposium, International Society for Plant Pathology, Online Symposium, www.ispp-itsymposium.org.nz/index.html, May 2001
Mycological Society of
1. Thomas J. Volk “Teaching Mycology Using the Internet” Invited Symposium Presentation “Challenges and Opportunities in Mycology Instruction
2. Thomas J. Volk “Poster Presentations as a teaching and learning tool in Mycology courses” Fungi in the Laboratory
3. Karen Wikler, Matt Rademacher, Daniel Czederpiltz, Jessie Micales, Thomas J. Volk, and Yitzhak Hadar. “Biodiversity of wood-inhabiting fungi in Israeli pine forests.”
Thomas J. Volk, Adrienne Loh, Kenny Hunt, Rick Gillis & Scott Cooper. UW-La Crosse Symposium on Teaching and Learning “Building Web pages that students will actually use” January 2000
Thomas J. Volk and Scott T. Cooper. Association
of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE) annual meeting.
Marsha Harbin and Thomas J. Volk. Smith
International Botanical Congress/ Mycological Society of
Kenneth W. Cochran, John H. Trestrail, III, and Thomas J. Volk. “Mushroom Poisoning In
· Marsha Harbin and Thomas J. Volk. “The association of Morchella with plant roots” (Marsha won one of four Graduate Student Research Prizes from MSA for our presentation) XVI International Botanical Congress Abs. #1601 p. 559.
Thomas J. Volk. “Human Fungal Diseases of the North
Woods.” Bridges to the Baccalaureate summer research program.
Thomas J. Volk. “
Hazel Centeno and Thomas J. Volk. “Natural plant products against yeast infections.” UW-L Undergrad Res Day. March 99
Thomas J. Volk and Kathie T.
Hodge. “The impact of the Internet on
Mycology.” Mycological Society of
Thomas J Volk, “Producing the ultimate fungus web
site.” Organizational meeting of BotWeb,
a division of BioWeb, a collaboration of fourteen UW System schools.
Annie L Voyles and Thomas
J. Volk. “Chemotherapeutic Treatments for Systemic Mycoses.”
informal seminar on “Mushroom cultivation and the possibilities for isolating
biologically active products Hoechst Marion Roussell Pharmaceutical company
(Research Division). With Toby Feibelman.
Thomas J. Volk, Mary Ellen Kozak,
& Joseph Krawczyk. “Ecological
guides to the cultivation of edible mushrooms.”
International Shiitake Growers’
Burdsall, Jr., Mark T. Banik, and Thomas
J. Volk. “The status of Laetiporus in
Thomas J Volk. “Ecological guides to
the production of edible mushrooms.” Featured Speaker, Shiitake
Growers’ Association of
Mycological Society of America/American
Phytopathology Society meeting.
1. Volk, Thomas J. “Extra-scholastic Mycology.” Teach-in: Innovations for teaching Plant Pathology and Mycology.
2. Volk, Thomas J., J. Krawczyk, & M.E. Kozak. “Ecological guides to the production of edible fungi.” Symposium: Technology Transfer of Ecological Information, Part II. Industrial Applications. (abs.) Inoculum 47 (3):32
3. Lindner, D., Thomas J. Volk and H.H. Burdsall, “Entoloma abortivum as a parasite of Armillaria” (abs.) Inoculum 47 (3):19
4. Banik, Mark, H.H. Burdsall, Jr., and Thomas J. Volk. “Differences between isolates of Laetiporus sulphureus in the Internal Transcribed Spacer region of the nuclear ribosomal DNA.” (abs.) Inoculum 47 (3): 2
Thomas J Volk “The genus Armillaria: Who's in and who's out.” A.H. Smith Lake St. Foray.
International Mycological Congress/
Mycological Society of
1. Thomas J Volk, Harold H. Burdsall, Jr., and Mark T. Banik. “Armillaria in the American Northwest.”
2. J.F Ammirati, G.R. Walker, L.L. Norvell, M.T.
Seidl, Puget Sound Mycological Society, S.A. Redhead, J.H. Ginns, H.H.
Burdsall, and T.J. Volk. “Macrofungi
of old-growth Abies forests in the
Thomas J Volk. “Oxyporus nobilissimus; cultural and ecological studies”. A.H. Smith
Thomas J Volk and Harold H. Burdsall,
Jr. “Preliminary survey of wood-decay fungi in old-growth forests of
Thomas J Volk.
“The Ecology and Taxonomy of Morchella
Thomas J Volk. “Oxyporus nobilissimus, the giant polypore of the
Harold H. Burdsall, and Thomas J. Volk. “Interfertility among North American isolates
of Armillaria tabescens.” A.H. Smith
Lake States Foray.
Harold H. Burdsall, and Thomas J. Volk. “Interfertility among North American isolates
of Armillaria tabescens.” American Phytopathological Society meeting.
Mycological Society of
1. Thomas J Volk, and Thomas J. Leonard. “Heterokaryon formation between monoascosporous strains of Morchella.”
T.J Leonard & T.J. Volk.
“Production of new edible mushrooms in
3. Thomas J Volk and Thomas J. Leonard. “Cytology of the life cycle of Morchella.”
Mycological forays and "amateur" mycology events
Amateur mycology— what is a mushroom
foray? Mycology is one of only three major scientific disciplines
(archaeology and ornithology are the others) where amateurs have a significant
impact on research and study, where they aid in collection of specimens, as
well as the ecological data that is necessary for the collections to have
scientific value. I am a very strong
advocate of the involvement of non-professional mycologists in the study of
fungi at many different levels. This is one of the reasons I am proud to be an
Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Mycological
Society and Scientific Advisor to the Minnesota Mycological
Society. Mushroom Forays are events where professional and amateur
mycologists meet, collect fungi, identify and catalogue them, and give
lectures, workshops and presentations. North American Mycological Association
(NAMA) forays are annual 3-day events in various parts of
August 2005 Northeast Mycological Federation annual foray. Mont Alto PA. Keynote speaker. ‘shrooms in da ‘hood: the impact of fungi in urban and suburban environs. 3 day foray
2005 Mycological Society of
January 2005 Sonoma County Mycological Association monthly meeting. “Where have all the hydnums gone?”
2005 Fungus Federation of
November 2004 Mycological Society of Toronto, Invited speaker. ‘shrooms in da ‘hood: the impact of fungi in urban and suburban environs
October 2004 Puget Sound Mycological Society, Seattle, WA, Featured Mycologist, Wild Mushroom Fair. “The impact of fungi on humans and history” and ‘shrooms in da ‘hood: the impact of fungi in urban and suburban environs. 2-day fair
October 2004 Breitenbush Mushroom Conference, OR. Featured Mycologist “The impact of fungi on humans and history” 3-day
October 2004 Snohomish County “Characters used to separate the modern genera of gilled fungi.”
October 2004 Oregon Mycological Society, Portland, OR . “The impact of fungi on humans and history”
September 2004 Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club annual foray. Invited Mycologist “Characters used to separate the modern genera of gilled fungi.”
August 2004 Mycological Association of
July 2004 North American Mycological Association Annual
March 2004 New York Mycological Society “Marvelous Mushrooms: The impact of fungi on humans and their
March 2004 Connecticut Westchester Mycological
Association (COMA) “Where have all the Hydnums gone?”
March 2004 New Jersey Mycological Association “Exposé : The secret sex lives of fungi”
2003 Mycological Society of
2003 Northeast Mycological
Federation. Invited Guest Mycologist and
Keynote speaker. “Exposé : The secret sex lives of fungi”
North American Mycological Association Annual Foray, Québec. Invited
Mycologist, one of only 3 from the
October 2003 La Crosse Kiwanis Club April 2002 Onalaska Area Business Association annual banquet. Valley View Rotary Club. Nov 2001 Downtown La Crosse Rotary Club “Mushrooms and other fungi of the Coulee Region and beyond.”
October 2002 North American Mycological Association Annual
August 2002 NAMA “exotic” foray in
Fall 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987 Madison Audubon Society. Leader of fungal forays.
2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991,
1990, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985 Alexander
H. Smith Lake States forays (for midwestern professional mycologists) in
Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
Co-host of 1993 foray in
January 2002 Sonoma County Mycological Association, Guest Mycologist annual winter foray, presented the keynote lecture “Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous molds: the impact of fungi on humans and history.” 3 day foray
2001 Texas Mycological Society
2001 Northeast Mycological
Federation annual Foray Invited Guest
Mycologist Presented keynote lecture
“Mycological Cannibalism: Fungi that eat other fungi” Lynn Margulis was the
“warm-up” speaker before me. I also lectured on polypore identification.
2001 North American Mycological
Association annual Foray. Principal Mycologist. Presented keynote lecture “Clyde
Christensen’s Foolproof Four revisited”
3 day foray
2001 Mycological Society of
2001 Fungus Federation of
2000 Oregon Mycological
Society “Forest Fungi of
2000 Northeast Mycological
Federation (NEMF), annual foray. Keynote Speaker. “What is a
species? Honeys and sulfurs and
2000 “Mushrooms (and other
2000 North American Mycological Association (NAMA) annual foray.
2000 New York Mycological
2000 New Jersey Mycological
2000 Wisconsin Mycological
Society monthly meeting. “A Virtual Winter Foray”
Mycological forays and "amateur" mycology events (cont’d)
1999 Northeast Mycological
Federation, annual foray. Keynote Speaker.
“The changing nature of fungal names and systematics.” Presented workshop on
identification of wood-decay fungi.
1999 North American Mycological
Association annual foray. Keynote
speaker “Mycology and the Internet”
September 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, May 1998, May 1997 Mushroom Walks.
1999 North American Mycological
Association Regional Foray, held jointly with the Minnesota Mycological
Society. Presented lecture “The changing
nature of fungal names and systematics.”
May 1999 Presented lecture to the Minnesota Mycological Society “Morels and other Spring Fungi of Minnesota.”
April 1998 Minnesota
Mycological Society meeting.
February 1998 North American Mycological Association (NAMA)
1997 North American Mycological
Association (NAMA) Annual Foray,
1996 Joint NAMA/ North-East
Mycological Federation (NEMF) annual Foray.
1996 Guest Lecturer and Invited
Mycologist. "Morel Madness"
Spring Morel Foray,
1995 Gulf States Mycological Society. Winter Foray Guest Mycologist.
2000 Wisconsin Mycological
Society La Crosse Area foray Fall 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990;
Spring 1994, 1993 Wisconsin
Mycological Society. Leader of the annual
1995 North American Mycological Association (NAMA) annual Foray,
Feb. 1995 Madison Audubon Society
monthly meeting, presented lecture "Mushrooms and other fungi of
· Fall 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1989, 1988 Nature Conservancy. Leader or organizer of fungal forays
October 1994 Guest Lecturer.
Botanical Society of
September 1990 Seaverson Dells Environmental Center. Leader
of fungus foray.
September 1994 North American
Mycological Association (NAMA) annual foray.
December 1993 Gulf States
Mycological Society. Winter Foray Guest Mycologist.
August 1991 North American Mycological Association
(NAMA). Invited Mycologist and Lecturer. Annual International Foray at Paul
December 1990 Gulf States Mycological Society. Invited
Mycologist and Lecturer. Annual Winter
October 1990 North American Mycological Association
(NAMA). Invited Mycologist and Featured Lecturer. Annual International Foray in Whistler,
William H. Weston award for excellence in teaching Mycology (2003)
Education Committee, Chair 2003-2007
Councilor for Ecology and Pathology, 2004-2007
Joint Commission (MSA/NAMA) on
Common names for Fungi in
Reviewer for Mycologia, Journal of the MSA
Webmaster, web page http://MSAfungi.org (1997-2001)
Electronic Communications Committee (1998-2001)
Liaison Committee for Amateur Mycology (1998-2002), Chair, 2001-2002
Committee on Teaching Mycology (1994-1997)
Ad Hoc Exploratory Committee on the Establishment of a Joint Commission on Common Names of Fungi (1999-2000)
British Mycological Society
American Phytopathological Society
Senior Editor APS Press, book-publishing arm of the American Phytopathological Society 2001-2005
Illustrations of Plant Pathogens and Diseases committee 1997-2004, Chair 2001-2004
Mycological Society of the
American Mushroom Institute
North American Mycological Association
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Mycology (2005)
Internet committee (1999- present )
Toxicology Committee (2000- present)
Education Committee (2001-present)
Joint Commission (MSA/NAMA) on
Common names for Fungi in
Host Mycologists for 2005 international foray in La Crosse
Honorary Member of Board of Directors (1994- present)
Scientific Advisor (1999- present)
2003-2004 Academic year $30,000
· 2003-2004 Academic year $17,000. UW-L Faculty Development Grant with Scott Cooper, Deb Hanmer, Rick Gillis, and Thomas J. Volk “Using problem solving modules to improve student’s understanding in Introductory Biology.”
Academic years The American Chestnut Foundation. $15,000 “Ecological studies of potential fungal
biocontrol agents of chestnut blight at the
2002-2003 Academic year $15,000.
· 2002-2003 Academic Year $9220 UW-L Faculty Research Grant “Identification and isolation of novel antibiotics and other active compounds from mushrooms”
· 2001-2002 Academic year. $7308. UW-L Instructional Technology Grant. “Development of a World Wide Web database of fungal images for Mycology”
2000- 2002 Academic years The
American Chestnut Foundation. $9928. “Colonization by mycorrhizal and
wood-decay fungi of a disjunct stand of American Chestnuts in
2000-2001 Academic Year
· 2000-2001 Academic Year University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Faculty Development Grant with Dr. Debby Hanmer. $6708 “Use of wood decay fungi to control plant pathogenic nematodes”
Dec 1999 Paul E. Stry Foundation,
· Nov. 1999-May 2001 Joint Venture Research Agreement with Forest Products Laboratory, Madison WI $58,220 “Pathogenic and wood decay fungi of Israeli forests”
1999-2000 Academic Year
1998-1999 Academic Year Contract for fungal materials /consulting.
· 1998-1999 Academic Year University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation Grants. $25,000 With Scott Cooper, Michael Abler, Margaret Maher and Roger Haro. “Development of web pages in Biology for K-12”
· 1998-1999 Academic Year University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation Grants. $1140. With Scott T. Cooper and Robin A Tyser. “Image Documentation Stations for Biology/Microbiology Faculty”
1997-1998 Academic Year
January 1990‑present Consultant.
1990-present Consultant. Field and Forest Products,
commercial growers of mushrooms and spawn.
May 2000 Consultant for print and TV commercials for
January 2000, February 2001.
Consultant, ABC News,
· April 2000, Feb. 2002 Consultant, National Geographic Magazine for stories on fungi
· December 1997. Consultant Earth and Sky radio. Program on Truffles and truffle finding. Aired March 17, 1998
December 1991-July 1996
July 1991 Consultant.
1994, 1991 Consultant.
· Sept. 1995 Consultant UW-Extension, Plant Disease Identification Program.
January 1994 Consultant on
contamination problems. Sylvan Spawn.
September 1995-June 1997 Consultant. Mushrooms
September 1986‑ Feb. 1988 Consultant, Golden Forest Mushroom Company,
April 1991 Consultant. Homestead Mushrooms, commercial
growers of shiitake and specialty mushrooms.
October 1990 Consultant.
Promega Biotechnological Corporation.
May 1990 Consultant: Presented a lecture, "The
life cycle of Morchella" at
Company M ("
June‑July 1989 Consultant. TNS Mills Biotechnology Division.
November 2004 7-hr workshop on identification of
polypores. Mycological Society of
March 2004 7-hr workshop on identification of tooth
fungi and polypores.
· July 2002. Young Scholars camp. “Fun with Fungi” -- a week-long camp for 5-9th grade students interested in Mycology (among other things). University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
September 2004, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998,
1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990
Instructor. Annual Mushroom Workshop. "Introduction to the Edible and
Poisonous Mushrooms of
August 2001. “Catching up on Mycology: what modern plant scientists should know
about fungi” American Phytopathological Society short course, before the annual
July 2001 “Polypore
Identification: Micro and Macro.” 2-day workshop after the North American
Mycological Society foray at
August 2000 Basidiomycetes workshop. Humboldt Field Station,
· September 2000 Special guest speaker on Mushrooms; weekly teleconference on Urban Horticulture. UW- Extension
· July 2000 Microbiology Scholar Camp, UW- La Crosse. “Fungi are Fun” 2-day for high School seniors
· March 2000 “Introduction to the Macroscopic and Microscopic characters used to identify polypores” New Jersey Mycological Society Newark NJ
March 1999 “Fungi are Cool” Lecture and demo to Advanced Placement
2002, 1999, 1998, 1997 Conducted training seminars to
certify commercial vendors to sell morels in the state of
September 1998 Hazard Tree training, Wisconsin Dept. of
August 1995 Polypore Workshop for amateur and
professional mycologists. North American Mycological Association annual Foray,
February 1994 Guest Lecturer.
Popular and Technical Publications
Heather Hallen, Thomas J. Volk and Gerry Adams, 2001. “May is Morel Month in
· Volk, Thomas J. and Allen C. Nelson. Medical Mycology Lab Manual. Revised 2004 (and every year 1996-2003)
· Volk, Thomas J., Thomas J. Leonard and Diane Derouen. Revised 2004 (and previously 2003-1994). Mycology: Laboratory Manual to accompany Botany 332. UW‑Madison. Revised for UW-La Crosse BIO 412
· Thomas J Volk, 1997. “The Morel Life Cycle” appeared in newsletters of the Ohio Mushroom Society, Snohomish County (WA) Mushroom Society, Minnesota Mycological Society, and the Mycophile, Newsletter of the North American Mycological Association, as well as the Mushroom Growers’ Newsletter.
· Thomas J Volk, 1994. Book Review: Ryvarden and Gilbertson's European Polypores. Mycologia 87:424
Volk. 1994. Book Review: PolyKey: A
computerized synoptic key to the polyporaceous, wood-rotting fungi of
· Thomas J Volk,1992 Book Review: Genera of Polypores: Nomenclature and Taxonomy-Leif Ryvarden. Mycologia 84:950.
Volk. 1991. “Summary of Rules for
commercial picking of morels from the
Burdsall, Harold H., Jr. and Thomas J. Volk. 1992. “Commercial