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.
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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