Zoosporic Fungi Single-cell Sequencing
I was part of a collaboration to document the unculturable microscopic fungi infecting algae and other little guys in aquatic ecosystems. What we found: a huge diversity of unknown fungal lineages (even new phyla!) making up what is referred to as "dark matter fungi". Check it out at mBio.
Metabarcoding of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi
For my Master's thesis, I characterized the communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associating with switchgrass, a perennial biofuel feedstock, using long-read, high-throughput PacBio metabarcoding. Read more at Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Taxonomy of the Anamorph Sphaerosporium lignatile
As part of the international Fungal Systematics and Evolution (FUSE) collaboration, we resolved the familial status of the previously unplaced fungus Sphaerosporium lignatile as Pyronemataceae (Pezizales), closely related to the eyelash cup fungus (Scutellinia). Check it out here.
Phaeotremella dejopia, or TeeHųųcnįk
Collected in 2018 from Wisconsin, I described a large, foliar jelly fungus as a new species, Phaeotremella dejopia. The specific epithet refers to Dejope, the name of the region from which the holotype was collected in the Ho-Chunk language. Read more about it here.
DNA Barcoding of the 2018 Smith Foray Macrofungi
We DNA barcoded 63 mushrooms that were collected during the 2018 Smith Foray in Mazomanie, WI. Three species were first reports for the United States and 15 were new records for Wisconsin. The manuscript was published in The Great Lakes Botanist.
Boston Harbor Islands Fungal Biodiveristy Survey
As my first experience in mycology, I worked with the nonprofit organization Boston Harbor Now, Harvard University, and the National Park Service in collecting and documenting fungi from the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Our findings were published in Northeastern Naturalist.
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