David Beyer Reflects on 25 Years of Service
Posted: December 17, 2015
Dr. David M. Beyer, Professor of Mushrooms, was recognized for his milestone of service to The Pennsylvania State University at the Twenty-Five Year Service Awards Ceremony held on Monday, November 2, 2015, at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Although his career at Penn State began in 1990 as a plant pathology instructor and Ph.D. student, Dr. Beyer's knowledge and experience with mushroom research and industry spans more than forty years. Prior to 1990, he earned his M.S. degree in plant pathology from Penn State and spent twelve years in Ontario working as the farm manager and Director of Growing for the largest mushroom-growing facility in Canada at the time, Leaver Mushrooms, with five farms across the country.
The impact and privilege of working with elder scientists and mushroom researchers such as Drs. James Sinden, Leon Kneebone, Paul Wuest, and Lee Schisler when Dr. Beyer was a student and young faculty member rank high among Dr. Beyer's tenure highlights. Particularly memorable during Dr. Beyer's first few years is time spent with Dr. Sinden either at the farm in western Pennsylvania where he worked or when he visited the department on campus. Also fondly remembered are the three weeks when Dr. Beyer's family had the opportunity to join him in Australia for one of several trips he made there in 2001-2004 to conduct grower workshops.
Dr. Beyer completed his Ph.D. and became a tenure-track professor in 1996. He has done research, taught workshops, and visited farms in the United States and around the world:
- Costa Rica
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
Mentoring young faculty, shaping the future of the mushroom research program at Penn State, and finishing major publications are Dr. Beyer's current and future priorities.
The white and brown button mushrooms are still his favorites.
Dr. David M. Beyer, circa 1990