How to define a mycologist?

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How to define a mycologist?

Post by jimmymac2 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:25 pm

What do people think you need to do/have done to become a true mycologist? e.g. you have to identify 1000 species, you have to find a first for your county etc.
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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by adampembs » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:04 pm

Like a plumber, astronomer, dentist etc, it's a profession. Although you do hear of amateur mycologists, like you hear of amateur astronomers, but not (I hope) amateur dentists! :shock:
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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by Waxcap » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:28 am

Myco = pertaining to fungi: logy = the study of: ist = one who.... Mycologist = one who studies fungi.

So you are already a mycologist Jimmymac2.

Of course there are professionals and amateurs and you can further describe your amateur status with a variety of terms: beginner, expert, experienced, novice..etc. but that's probably best left to your peers. In the world of mycology it's easy to overestimate ones knowledge, especially in the early years - or should I say decades. When you have identified 1000 fungi and found a "first for your country" you may still be a novice but you will definitely be an enthusiatic mycologist.

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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by adampembs » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:19 pm

So is a plumber "someone who plumbs?" as that makes me a plumber ;)

The root of a word is not always the current definition.
In the Oxford English Dictionary, biologist is defined as

"An expert in or student of the branch of science concerning living organisms:"
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... /biologist

Of course, we can argue about what it means to be an expert or a student... :ugeek:
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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by Waxcap » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:31 pm

Haha - What were you plumbing with Adam? If it was Plumbum then you are a Plumber. If it was plastic then you can't really call yourself a plumber. ;)

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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by marksteer » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:56 pm

I would never describe myself as a 'Mycologist' I have a great interest in fungi and would perhaps describe myself as 'an enthusiastic amateur'. As my signature says 'the more I know the more I realise I don't know'!!
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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by Waxcap » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:08 pm

An enthusiastic amateur......what Mark?

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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by marksteer » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:13 pm

Waxcap wrote:An enthusiastic amateur......what Mark?
An amateur enthusiast where fungi are concerned - certainly not an expert or Mycologist!
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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by adampembs » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:48 pm

Waxcap wrote:An enthusiastic amateur......what Mark?
You should steer clear of those magazines, Dave 8-) ;)
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Re: How to define a mycologist?

Post by Leif » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:53 pm

I think many here can describe themselves as amateur field mycologists. It is harder to engage in other areas of mycology, such as taxonomy, or DNA analysis. In the past many amateurs contributed substially to mycology. Peter Orton comes to mind, a very talented person, but a school teacher by trade. And somewhat myopic by all accounts. I am sure amateurs can still make a worthwhile contribution, by recording fungi, sending specimens to Kew, recording new arrivals to the UK and so on. It does seem to be a Cinderalla science. For my own part, just reading about small red capped boletes is enough to drive me to drink.

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