Fungal Ecology

We are at the Department of Biological Sciences at WIU and our research focuses on the study of fungal symbiotic associations, their emergent properties, and the effect of global climate change on fungal diversity and community structure. We are interested in ecological roles of fungal symbionts, their diversity, biogeographical distributions, and potential applications of novel fungal consortia.

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Our lab presented at the Mycological Society of America Meeting in Berkeley, California. 
We presented our research on seasonal variation of dark septet fungi in an arid grassland, 
(Cedric Ndinga Muniania), antifungal activity of western bat biota agains White-nose Syndrome 
(Paris Hamm), the discovery of a novel fungal taxon in the Mucoromycotina (Terry Torres-Cruz), and the study of microbial diversity and its potential applications against White-nose Syndrome (Dr. Andrea Porras-Alfaro). 

Congratulations to Cedric Ndinga and Paris Hamm for their Mycological Society of America Travel Awards

Congratulations to Eliese Potocek on defending her undergraduate thesis (Summer 2016).