Patricia Kaishian, PhD


Visiting Professor of Biology

Bard College


I received my B.A in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies in 2013 from Wheaton College, MA. In 2020, I received my Ph.D. in Forest Pathology & Mycology from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. My doctoral work was focused on the taxonomy, biodiversity, and ecology of Laboulbeniales (Ascomycota) fungi. I am broadly trained in the taxonomy of macro and micro fungi, with considerable field experience in numerous biodiversity hotspots around the world.

Following my Ph.D I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Aime Lab at Purdue University where I served as curator of fungi at the Arthur Fungarium & Kriebel Herbarium. There I focused on taxonomy and barcoding of Rust fungi, a group of plant pathogens. Results from this project are in progress.

Beyond more traditional scientific work, I also work in the realms of philosophy of science, feminist bioscience, ecofeminism and queer theory, exploring how mycology and other scientific disciplines are situated in and informed by our sociopolitical landscape. My publication, The science underground: mycology as a queer discipline, appears in journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory & Technoscience.

I am a founding member of the International Congress of Armenian Mycologists, a research organization comprised of ethnically Armenian mycologists who seek to simultaneously advance mycological science and Armenian sovereignty and liberation.

Currently, I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Bard College. My research will continue to focus on new species discovery and exploration of the use of certain fungi as potential indicators of ecosystem health. Course topics include: Fungal Ecology, Natural History, Evolution & Phylogenetics, Fungal Diversity & Climate Change, and Queer Ecology.

Ceratomyces filiformis (Laboulbeniales) growing form trasal claw of beetle, Tropisternus sp. from Emeralda Marsh Convservation Area, Florida, USA.

Speaking Topics

Mycology as a Queer Discipline

Fungi as Metaphor

Symbiosis: Mutualism and Parasitism

Deconstructing the Individual: how science can materially benefit from queer and feminist theory

Philosophy of Science

Queer Ecology

Introduction to Mycology

Fungal Taxonomy (Laboulbeniales)

Fungi of Armenia

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