Contact Information


ktp9@duke.edu
Duke Box 90338
137 BioSci Building
125 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708

I am an evolutionary biologist and microbial ecologist in the Department of Biology at Duke University. I am interested in the early evolution of fungi, the diversity of zoosporic lineages, and the origin of plant-fungal interactions. My research uses microscopic, phylogenetic, and next-generation sequencing methods to investigate fungal diversity and how fungi and photosynthetic organisms communicate and cooperate. My research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy - Joint Genome Institute, and the Mycological Society of America.

In addition to my scholarly pursuits, I am a dedicated 
science educator and candidate for the Certificate in College Teaching, with experience developing and teaching a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.