We mobilize community scientists to protect fungi and their habitats in North America.
Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDiS) is a nonprofit 501C(3) organization that increases scientific knowledge and public awareness of the critical role of fungi in the health of our ecosystems and to better utilize and protect them in a world of rapid climate change and habitat loss. We do this by equipping community scientists, working with professionals, with the tools to document the diversity and distribution of fungi across North America.
Fungi are so critical to ecosystem function and to human well-being that conservation without recognizing fungi as integral partners is incomplete. Fungi make up one of life’s kingdoms – as broad a category as “animals” or “plants” – yet we’ve documented less than five percent of species. Today, fungi are under threat like never before, from habitat loss, pollution and climate change, and species are undoubtedly going extinct faster than we can catalog and map them.
We have mobilized hundreds of amateur mycologists (people who love mushrooms) and engaged them in sequencing DNA from 8,000 documented specimens. Participants have also posted tens of thousands of scientifically valuable field observations to our Diversity Database using iNaturalist. You can join one of our 200 registered projects, learn about collecting and documenting fungi for science, and contribute high quality observations to our Biodiversity Database.
Our Vision: A world in which the fungal kingdom is fully documented, understood, appreciated, harnessed, and protected.
Formerly North American Mycoflora Project (NAMP)