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


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