Sydney Glassman

PhD candidate



University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in Biology, 2008

University of Pennsylvania, MES of Environmental Biology, 2010

Research Interests

Fungal ecology

Research Description

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. I am also interested in understanding broad patterns of fungal and microbial diversity and the role of dispersal in shaping ectomycorrhizal communities.

I also have a food blog. Follow me @fungifoodie and check out my food blog at

Selected Publications

  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement GrantDivision of Environmental Biology, NSF (2014 – 2016)
  • Graduate Student Fellowship ProgramDivision of Life Sciences -Ecology, NSF (2011-2015)
  • William Carroll Smith Fellowship Award, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley (2015 – 2016)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Mycological Society of America  (2014)
  • Graduate ScholarshipMycological Society of San Francisco (2014)
  • Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant, University of California Natural Reserve System (2012-2013)
  • Forest Fungal Ecology Award, Mycological Society of America (2013)
  • Graduate Scholarship, Sonoma County Mycological Association (2013)

Recent Teaching

  • PMB 113: California Mushrooms (Fall 2015)
  • ESPM 10: Environmental Issues (Spring 2014)
  • PMB 113: California Mushrooms (Fall 2013)

Contact Information


Office: 321 Koshland Hall


Research Group(s)

Mailing Address

Dept of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
UC Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720