Research Interests

I am a bioinformatician and a mycologist. Generally, I work in the field of biodiversity genomics. I am interested in organismal diversity from environmental samples, their effect on ecosystem processes, and how methodological biases affect our ability to detect individuals and community shifts.  My interests lie with bioinformatic methods development and application.  As a part of the Government of Canada, Genomics Research and Development Initiative, EcoBiomics project, I use genomics tools to supplement water quality and soil health monitoring.


Experience

Term Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada, 2016-present
Visiting Researcher, University of Guelph, 2016-present
Barcoding & Biomonitoring 2.0 Postdoc, McMaster University, 2010-2014
Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life 2 Postdoc, Duke University, 2008-2010
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto (Toronto), 2008
B.Sc. (Hons) Biology Specialist, University of Toronto (Mississauga), 2002


Field work in progress...

Soil sampling at the Koffler Scientific Reserve in New Market, ON 2008.
 



Collecting insect larvae infected with fungi in Ashland, VA 2010.  Photo credit: Dr. Wallace Martin.


Contact


Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
University of Guelph
Email: porter01@uoguelph.ca

Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Natural Resources Canada
Email: teresita.porter@canada.ca