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Madison Group:

  • Jacob Golan at jgolan[at]

    I am generally interested in how fungi move - from across landscapes to across continents. I approach questions on dispersal from a genetic, biophysical, and ecological perspective in order to better understand fungal biogeography and population dynamics. I am also interested in the intersection of fungal biology and intellectual property rights.

    Jacob's Personal Page

  • Daniel Levitis levitis[at]

    I am an evolutionary demographer interested in the evolution and biology of patterns of mortality over age. I synthesize the concepts and methods of evolutionary biology and demography with data from a wide variety of taxa, including fungi such as Neurospora crassa, and lichens, to understand phenomena including pre-reproductive mortality, post-reproductive survival and aging.

    Dan's Personal Page

  • Nora Dunkirk dunkirk[at]

    I joined the Pringle lab in fall 2016 as a graduate student in the Botany department. I am interested in the evolutionary links between ecologically diverse fungi, saprotrophs and ectomycorrhizal fungi. I plan to use genome sequences recently produced by the Pringle lab of multiple Amanita species to try to answer questions about their evolutionary connections.

  • Denny (Yen Wen) Wang ywang883[at]

    I am interested in all aspect of fungi, but particularly host-fungi interaction. I want to use bioinformatics to decipher the genomic cause and result of ectomycorrhizal mutualism and fungal host specificity. I am also considering using genetic approaches to understand the mechanism of mutualism.

  • Distributed Pringle Lab:

  • Holly Elmore m.holly.elmore[at]

    I am broadly interested in the evolution of eukaryotic genomes. I study genome organization in fungi, particularly as it relates to the bizarre diversity of fungal mating systems. For my thesis, I am investigating the mating loci of several species of Amanita mushrooms in order to learn more about the organization of this genome region and how it may be related to the evolution of the mushroom life cycle. I am currently building and populating Amanitabase, a database of Amanita genomes that will serve as the basis of my dissertation and hopefully lots of other research!

  • Cat Adams catadams[at]

    Cat Adams is now a PhD student in the department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, researching the role of secondary metabolites in plant-fungal interactions. Her Master’s work with Anne examined the evolution of spice tolerance in fungal pathogens of wild chili peppers. For her PhD, Cat is studying the invasion of the deadly poisonous death cap mushroom, Amanita phalloides. She hopes to discover what about this peculiar mushroom has made it such a successful species. Cat also works with researchers in China studying how mycorrhizal fungi can alleviate phytotoxicity from heavy metal nanoparticles. She has an ongoing collaboration in Uruguay with Weyerhaeuser, investigating the effects of Pine and Eucalyptus plantations on the native grassland diversity. She is also passionate about science communication, and has written for Slate and BBC Earth. You can read her personal blog

    Catherine Adams
  • Susana C. Gonçalves at scgoncal[at]

    I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of ectomycorrhizal fungi, focusing on the population dynamics of Amanita phalloides and Amanita muscaria, in particular. For my postdoctoral project, I am investigating what might turn an exotic ectomycorrhizal fungus into a successful invader. I am also very involved in fungal conservation and, as of Autumn 2015, I have served as co-chair of the ECCF (European Council for Fungal Conservation).


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