T. Y. James Lab
Kraus Natural Science Bldg., Rm. 1008
830 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048
lab phone: (734) 763-8161
July 15, 2015. Anat Belasen wins best talk at the Association for Tropical Biology 2015 meeting in Honolulu, HI for her talk: "How does habitat fragmentation affect disease susceptibility? Examining the relationships between geography, population genetics, and disease". Congratulations! Pictured below with our collaborator Felipe Toledo.
July 1, 2015. Detroit Zoo Fellow and Ph.D. student Jill Myers participates in Portal to the Public Day at the Detroit Zoo. Read full article here
May 8, 2015. Well defended! Congratulations to Buck Castillo who masterfully defended his M.Sc. thesis, “Belowground Plant and Fungal Community Response to an Accelerated Forest Succession Experiment”. Buck shown below in center with his two proud co-advisors.
April 20, 2015. EEB’s Early Career Scientist Symposium a success! Clarisse Betancourt Román, an EEB and mycology lab alumna (EEB MS 2014) who is now at the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center, presents her research during the poster session that was open to students from all universities. Read more here
Jan-Feb. 2015: Michigan Mycology back in Brazil in summer of 2015 to continue or start new projects on Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Clockwise from top left. Tamilie Carvalho (UNICAMP) and Thomas Jenkinson collecting tadpoles from the “hybrid stream” in Morretes, Paraná. Driving back in the Combi with Gui Becker after sampling Eleutherodactylus johnstonei, the invasive Antilles coqui which has established a hyper dense but spatially limited population (about 2 x 2 blocks) in downtown São Paulo. An undescribed Scinax of the perpusillus group sampled on Ihla Mar Virado. Thoropa taophora, a specialist species that inhabits wet rocky regions across islands and the coast of São Paulo state and a focus of Anat Belasen’s project on habitat fragmentation on disease susceptibility.
Our lab has been studying the split gill mushroom Schizophyllum commune in collaboration with Alex Kondrashov's group. This extremely common species is a model system for studying mating and population genetics of mushrooms. Findings include the discovery that the species has a record amount of DNA polymorphism (pi = 0.21, meaning that 21% of DNA sites are different between any two strains)(Baranova in press) and that recombination favors sites with low polymorphism, which attracts crossovers to regions where negative selection has acted (Seplyarskiy et al. 2014).