Ph.D. Botany University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1987
BA Forest Science University of Minnesota, 1978
Research Interests / Specializations:
Fungal molecular evolution and ecology
Most of the current and recent work in my lab has focused on the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi form symbiotic associations with plant roots, and this interaction represents one of the most widespread and important mutualisms in terrestrial ecosystems.
Our prior work on mycorrhizal fungi has focused on:
the development of molecular tools for the identification of fungi from environmental samples;
the characterization of fungal community structure;
the effect of plant host and disturbance on fungal community structure;
the autecology and population structure of key fungal species; and
the ecology and evolution of non-photosynthetic, epiparasitic plants and their fungal hosts.