profile_feb22I am a mycologist with a passion for developing fungal  applications that benefit humanity. In my research, I use evolutionary genomics to understand how fungal symbioses are established, maintained, and evolve over time. I am a Professor in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, USA.

I am fascinated by the questions: how do fungi interact with the world, and how can they help us?

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Research interests

My research offers insight into how fungi function in symbioses with bacteria, plants, and humans and how fungal genomes evolve as a consequence. My research has been supported by The National Science Foundation, The Department of Energy, NASA, and various Mycological Societies. I am currently conducting research in the following areas:

1) Fungal microbiome research

2) Pacific Northwest fungal diversity

3) Human fungal pathogen evolution

Media features 

ESPN E60 documentary ‘Peace of Mind’

National Geographic A psychedelic surprise may be thriving in your local garden

Mushroom Revival Podcast How Fungi & Bacteria Interact 

Scientific American Restrictions on Psilocybin ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Are Easing as Research Ramps Up

Science Daily Research helps provide scientific framework for psilocybin use in therapeutic settings 

Polk County Observer Oregon’s psilocybin program stands on thousands of years of indigenous experience

Oregon State University News Room  Oregon State research helps provide scientific framework for psilocybin use in therapeutic settings

New fungal species descriptions

Below are images of fungal species I have found and described. For more info click here and for associated publications see my CV