Jean-Marc Moncalvo

Talk Title: Fungi and humans, friends and foes


Fungi are microscopic organisms ubiquitous in nature. A few of them reproduce by forming those visible, ephemeral structures that we call mushrooms. Fungi are very diverse and interact in various ways with the other critters dwelling on our planet. Some are friendly to humans (source of food or medicine), while others are foes (poisonous or crop destructors). A few of them are mind-altering. In this talk I will present some fungi that have had, are still having, or might have future impacts on human’s mind and behavior.



Jean-Marc Moncalvo’s research focuses on mushroom diversity, ecology, and evolution. He obtained a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (1991), then worked as a visiting scientist in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry at National Taiwan University, Taipei (1992-1995), and as an associate researcher in the Department of Biology at Duke University, NC, USA (1995-2002). He is presently the Curator of Fungi in the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum and an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto