Jerry Cooper Curator

Looking for fungi was an interest that got me out of a window-less physics lab as a grad student in the UK in the 80s and over the years it turned into an obsession and eventually a job. As a hobby I started looking at macro-fungi, but too many people did them already, and so I turned to more obscure and challenging groups - slime moulds, plant pathogens, aquatic fungi, micro-fungi. After emigrating to NZ I still do a bit of everything, but increasingly macro-fungi, because here they are so poorly known. My jobs allowed me to get access to the literature and specimens, first at the International Mycological Institute in London, and now at Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research in New Zealand where I am a fungal systematist/informatician. All my records are associated with specimens (associated with collecting permits) that go our national herbarium , PDD, and so you will find my data there (NZFUNGI2). I'm posting species examples on NW as I get time. As an informatician/analyst/programmer I've been involved in developing many systems. In the UK IndexFungorum, SpeciesFungorum, the British Basidiomycete checklist, and the BMS Foray records database. In New Zealand NZFUNGI, the New Zealand Organisms Register (NZ national digital checklist). Internationally I'm the NZ Node Manager for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, and past member of the global team of the Catalogue of Life/Species2000. I was involved in developing early versions of data exchange standards for Taxon Names and Concepts (TCS) and Invasive Alien Species (IAS), both through the TDWG Biodiversity Information Standards Group. I'm one of the board members of NZBRN (NZ Biodiversity Recording Network) who run NaturewatchNZ, which is the New Zealand instance of iNaturalist.

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