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Nathan Wilson

Mushroom Observer
Nathan grew up collecting mushrooms in Northern California and connected with the amateur mycology community at an early age. In 2006 he created the Mushroom Observer (mushroomobserver.org), an open source, volunteer led, community driven website for recording mushroom observations. The site now has over 1.4 million images of fungi from all over the world contributed by thousands of community members. After creating MO, Nathan joined the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole to lead the technical team developing the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org) and developed a novel nomenclature system to help with computer based identification. Recently he has returned to a more active leadership role within the MO community where he has helped facilitate the creation of a new mobile app and image based machine learning tools.