J.R. Blair is a lecturer in biology at San Francisco State University and the director of the SFSU Sierra Nevada Field Campus near Yuba Pass. He obtained his Masters degree in 1999 studying under the MSSF Science Advisor, Dr. Dennis Desjardin. His thesis was Fungi Associated with Arctostaphylos in Central California.
He has been a member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco since 1983. He was the president of the MSSF 2007-2009 and was the Fungus Fair chairperson for five fairs at all three of the recent venues: Oakland Museum of California, Lawrence Hall of Science and San Francisco County Fair Building.