William Van Hemessen Curator

Joined: Mar 3, 2016 Last Active: Dec 2, 2023 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since November 2020

I'm a naturalist in southwestern Ontario, Canada primarily interested in botany and mycology; independent consultant and also working towards an M.Sc. at Western University in London, Ontario. I live just down the road from the settlement founded by the early Canadian botanist John Goldie.

My main botanical interest is the tribe Astereae (asters, goldenrods, fleabanes, etc.) of North America, but my M.Sc. research is on the macrofungi of Ontario's Carolinian Zone.

I've been on the Field Botanists of Ontario board of directors since 2019 and I coordinate FBO's three annual awards: the John Goldie lifetime achievement award, the student award and the Bill Crowley photography award.

I collect field guides and I started a Field Guide Exchange group on Facebook.

You can also find me on:
Instagram (@hills_oak_country)

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