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Robert Cummings

Bob Cummings is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Santa Barbara City College.  He retired in 2012 having taught courses in Plant Biology at SBCC since 1973.  Since retiring from the classroom he continues to develop and offer an online course in Plant Diversity.


Bob came to Santa Barbara from the Los Angeles area to attend the University of California Santa Barbara in the 1960s as a Botany major.  He finished his PhD at UCSB in 1975.  His doctoral research project involved tracking chemical changes in slime mold cell surfaces during developmental stages of the life cycle.  He also found time away from the lab bench for frequent mushroom forays and photography, passions he pursues to this day.


Bob has been leading forays, collecting, keying, photographing, and eating wild mushrooms in Santa Barbara area since the 1960s.  Over the years he has built up a large collection of photographs and a modest herbarium of specimens for taxonomic reference.  He is a member of the North American Mycological Association Toxicology Committee.  He fields calls on a regular basis from physicians and veterinarians treating mushroom poisonings, and has worked closely for many years with local emergency room physicians at local hospitals and clinics.  Bob has presented lectures on the mushrooms of the central California coast to mycological societies from San Francisco to San Diego.  He is a frequent speaker and foray leader for such groups as the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Slow Food of Santa Barbara, and the Los Angeles Mycological Society.  Bob is also is an avid wine maker making small amounts of Merlot from locally sourced grapes.  He lives in Montecito with his wife, Lynne, a retired elementary school teacher (and bird-watcher), and daughter Carly, who attends Santa Barbara City College.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, August 17
 

11:30am PDT

 
Saturday, August 19
 

10:30am PDT