University of Pennsylvania, MES of Environmental Biology, 2010
Research Interests / Specializations:
Fungal ecology, mycology
I am interested in the interactions between aboveground and belowground terrestrial communities, in particular the effects of mycorrhizal symbioses on plant community composition and function. My research goal is to understand the drivers of fungal diversity. My dissertation focuses on two themes: the role of dispersal in fungal community assembly, and the response of fungi to catastrophic disturbances. Read about my research on fungal recovery after catastrophic wildfires hereand here. I was also interviewed about my research by UC Science today - listen to the sound bytes here and here.
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Glassman S.I., C.R. Levine, A.M. DiRocco, J.J. Battles, and T.D. Bruns. 2015. Ectomycorrhizal fungal spore bank recovery after a severe forest fire: Some like it hot. ISME J. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2015.182
Glassman, S.I., K.G. Peay, J.M. Talbot, D.P. Smith, J.A. Chung, J.W. Taylor, R. Vilgalys, and T.D. Bruns. 2015. A continental view of pine-associated ectomycorrhizal fungal spore banks: a quiescent functional guild with a strong biogeographic pattern. New Phytologist (4):1619-1631.
Shrestha, P., A. Ibanez, S. Bauer, S.I. Glassman, T.M. Szaro, T.D. Bruns, and J.W. Taylor. 2015. Fungi isolated from Miscanthus and sugarcane: Biomass conversion, fungal enzymes and hydrolysis of plant cell wall polymers. Biotechnology for Biofuels 8:38.
Talbot, J.M., T.D. Bruns, J.W. Taylor, D.P. Smith, S. Branco, S.I. Glassman, S. Erlandson,R. Vilgalys, H.L. Liao, M.E. Smith, and K.G. Peay. 2014. Endemism and functional convergence across the North American soil mycobiome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(17): 6341-6346.
Talbot, J.M.,T.D. Bruns, D.P. Smith, S. Branco, S.I. Glassman, S. Erlandson, R. Vilgalys, and K.G. Peay. 2012. Independent roles of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic communities in soil organic matter decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 57(2013): 282-291.
Glassman, S.I.and B.B. Casper. 2012. Biotic contexts alter metal sequestration and AMF effects on plant growth in soils polluted with heavy metals. Ecology 93(7): 1550-1559.