Research Areas: 
Assembly of aquatic fungal communities

Photo: Kevan Mantell
Our interest in plant-fungal interactions and community assembly processes have led to a new collaboration with Katy Heath and Astrid 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.

Dept. of Plant Biology School of Integrative Biology
Program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Illinois