As a mycologist, Sapphire McMullan-Fisher is currently developing a crowd sourcing system for development of interactive keys for mushroom identification, particularly the FunKey – Key to Waxcaps. This project draws on her skills as a mycologist, scientific communicator and volunteer manager to develop an identification tool that will help taxonomists and fungal enthusiasts alike.
Sapphire is also an ecologist who has special interest in the conservation of biodiversity, particularly macrofungi and mosses. She did her doctorate at the University of Tasmania on ‘Surrogates for cryptogam conservation - associations between mosses, macrofungi, vascular plants and environmental variables.’
Davison, E.M., Davison, P.J.N., Barrett, M.D., Barrett, R.L., McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M. - 2015 Additions to the Myxomycota of summer rainfall regions of tropical Australia. Nova Hedwigia 101 (1-2), in press. DOI: 10.1127/nova_hedwigia/2015/0287
Egidi, E., McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Morgan, J., May, T.W., Zeeman, B., Franks, A. 2016 Fire regime, not time-since-fire, affects soil fungal community diversity and composition in temperate grasslands. FEMS Microbiology Letters
Parkyn, J., Challisthianagara, A., Brooks, L., Specht, A., McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Newell, D. (2015) The natural diet of the endangered camaenid land snail Thersites mitchellae (Cox, 1864) in northern New South Wales, Australia. Australian Zoologist 37(3): 343-349.
Pouliot, A.M., May, T.W., McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Buchanan, P., Allison, L., Packer, J. 2014 ‘It's time for a global strategy for plant and fungus conservation’ Australasian Plant Conservation. 22 (4), 22-23.
Leonard, P.L., McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., and Lebel, T. 2013 ‘Pisolithus croceorrhizus P. Leonard & McMullan-Fisher sp. nov. from Queensland, Australia and New Caledonia’ Australasian Mycologist 31, 25-29.
May, T.W., McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M. 2012 ‘Don’t be afraid of the F-word: prospects for integrating fungi into biodiversity monitoring’ Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 124, 79-90.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., May, T.W., Robinson, R.M., Bell, T.L., Lebel, T., Catcheside, P., York, A. 2011 ‘Fungi and fire in Australian ecosystems: a review of current knowledge, management implications and future directions’ Australian Journal of Botany 59, 70-90.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Kirkpatrick, J.B., May, T.W., Pharo, E.J. 2010 ‘Surrogates for macrofungi and mosses in reservation planning’ Conservation Biology 24, 730-736.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., May, T.W., Kirkpatrick, J.B. 2003 ‘Some macrofungi from alpine Tasmania’ Australasian Mycologist 22, 44-52.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., May, T.W., Keane, P.J. 2002 ‘The macrofungal community and fire in a Mountain Ash forest in southern Australia’ Fungal Diversity 10, 57-76.
Guard FE, McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M. 2016 Fungi of the Sunshine Coast. Queensland Mycological Society.
Guard FE, McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M. 2016 Mushrooms of the Sunshine Coast. Queensland Mycological Society.
Mata, L., Garrard, G.E., Hahs, A.K., Bolitho, J., Chambers, L., Clemann, N., Faulker, R., Foster, J., Harris, G.J., Kutt, A., McMaster, D., McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Menkhorst, P., Read, C., Sinclair, S., Sparks, D., Stajsic, V., Tsyrlin, E., West, M., Parris, K., Bekessy, S.A. 2016 Target species for rewilding, monitoring and public engagement in the City of Melbourne. Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group, Technical Report · June 2016 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16114.50882
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Leonard P.L., Guard, F.E. 2014. Australian Subtropical Fungi. Suncoast Fungi, Buderim Queensland.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M. 2010 ‘Rainforest fungi’. Ten, www.scopetv.com, Episode 2/013.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M. 2006 ‘Fungi - The Unseen Workers’, THECA News 8 (4), THECA: The Hut Environmental and Community Association Inc., Kenmore, Queensland.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M. 2005 ‘Magical Mushrooms’, interview by L Southwell for ABC radio.