I hail from Georgia in the US. By day I conduct mycology research and by night I build automata to keep alive (sometimes thrive) plants, mushrooms, and other organisms. I’m currently in the middle of a project documenting the entire process of foraging mushrooms, building a HEPA-filtered laminar flow hood, producing agar Petri dishes, isolating pure cultures from the fruiting bodies, propagating culture in spawn, bulk inoculation and colonization, developing a temperature/humidity/CO2-controlled environment with a Raspberry Pi, and finally fruiting the bulk substrate inside it. This is all done with the hobbyist in mind, so I’m using all off-the-shelf components rather than $10,000 biological safety cabinets and such. I’ll definitely share the article/video I’m making when it’s complete, but I just wanted to introduce myself and share a bit about my mycological hobbies.