in plant-fungal interactions and community assembly processes have led to a new collaboration with
Katy Heath and
Ferrer , to explore aquatic fungal community assembly and function along salinity gradients on the
Pacific coast of Panama.
This project has recently been funded by the NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity program, with fieldwork starting early
in 2013. The goals of the project are to describe the decomposer fungal communities that assemble on wood both in freshwater and
salt water reaches of tidal rivers on Coiba Island, Panama, and to explore how decomposer function is related to ascomycete phylogeny
and to habitat preference.