Aug. 29, 2015. Trading places. We welcome Dr. Domingos da Silva Leite (Professor Sundays) from Universidade de Campinas, Brazil who will be here for one year on sabbatical. Sadly we must say goodbye to Joice Ruggeri who returns to Universidade de Rio de Janeiro to defend her thesis. Good luck and thanks for a great year Joice!
joice e domingos

Aug. 2, 2015. Michigan Mycologist wins major presentation award! Congratulations to Rob Powers for winning best oral presentation at this year's Mycological Society of America meeting in Edmonton, Alberta for his talk "Sexual Selection and The Buller Phenomenon in the Bipolar Basidiomycete,
Coprinellus disseminatus". Preparations for the thesis defense and celebration are underway.

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.

09/22/14: Welcome to six new members of the Michigan Mycology Lab! Pictured below (L to R):
Prof. Frances Trail, sabbatical visitor from Plant Biology at Michigan State University
Ellen James (no relation), new lab assistant
Joice Ruggeri Gomes, visiting PhD student from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Dr. Yuan-Ying Su, visiting scholar from Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
Dr. Alisha Quandt, new postdoctoral fellow from Oregon State University (Spatafora Lab)
Jillian Meyers, new PhD student from James Madison University


05/19/14: Clarisse Betancourt-Román masterfully defends her M.Sc. thesis entitled “Differential virulence among panzootic, novel and hybrid lineages of
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on a single host species, Lithobates sylvaticus.” Congratulations Clarisse!


04/03/14: Anat and Clarisse serve up a diversity of fun-filled science to elementary school students through the FEMMES program: Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science. Read more here.

01/22/14: Tim, Thomas and Anat complete another trip to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest for surveying of chytridiomycosis prevalence and diversity. More details
Bd 2014 Team (L-R): Felipe Toledo, Carolina Lambertini, Anat Belasen, Anyelet Valencia, Kelly Zamudio, Antonio de Padua, Tim James, Thomas Jenkinson), not pictured: João Gasparini.

01/01/14: Thank you Mycology Class of 2013 for a fun and inspiring semester! Keep the spore alive.

collage 2013-01

11/16/13: Two meetings of the Batrachochytrium in Brazil project. One in Tempe with the Annual Amphibian Diseases meeting, and a second in Ann Arbor with colleagues from UNICAMP and Cornell U. We took Felipe Toledo and Brazilian colleagues to the Toledo Zoo for a behind the scenes tour of the herp collection. Thanks to Anat for organizing this!


8/28/13: Welcome to Dr. Tom Fowler on sabbatical from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Tom will be working on genomics of the homothallic Schizophyllum umbrinum.

8/19/13: Thomas wins award for best oral presentation at the Annual Mycological Society of America meeting in Austin, TX for his talk entitled, "Pandemic, novel, and hybrid genotypes of the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the southern Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil." Congratulations Thomas!

6/5/13: Welcome to Dr. Matthias Gube, who is visiting the lab this summer to work on various basidiomycete projects, particularly the genomics of Leucoagaricus. Matthias is visiting from Erika Kothe's group at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.

5/16/13: Tim participates in teaching a workshop on Microbial Population Genetics and Evolution at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology, Beijing. Instructors were : Jianping Xu, Xuhua Xia, and Tim James. The workshop culminated in a research symposium with excellent talks from the workshop participants.

1/04/13: Thomas, Clarisse Betancourt, and I depart for Brazil. We will be researching chytridiomycosis in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest in collaboration with Felipe Toledo and Domingos Leite (UNICAMP).

11/04/12: Second Cagean Walk with Prof. Michael Gurevich’s Performing Arts Technology class (audio), Mycotics (lyrics), and the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club at Bird Hills Park.

08/10/12: Lisa Schloegel,
Felipe Toledo paper on Bd genotypes in the frog trade is published with important implications for the role of frog farming in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. link to pdf.

Thomas interviewed by Radio Australia on his work on “mushies” of Micronesia!

Iman participates in local BioBlitz with Detroit area highschoolers. There was a morel to the story.

04/14/12: The Mycotics participate in a John Cage performance/fungal foray to honor his 100th birthday. This collaboration was the brain child of
Prof. Michael Gurevich (UM School of Music, Theatre and Dance).

12/09/11: Sadly the end of the 2nd Biology of Fungi class. Thanks everyone for a wonderful semester! Class will be taught again in Fall of 2013.

09/06/11: Welcome to new Ph.D. student Thomas Jenkinson! Thomas recently received his M.Sc. in mycology at San Francisco State University with Dennis Desjardin studying the genus

08/06/11: Brian Malloure wins best student poster at the MSA meeting in Fairbanks. “Estimating inbreeding in the bird's nest fungus Cyathus stercoreus using microsatellites and mating type allele distribution.” Way to go Brian!

07/29/11: A fond farewell to Maria Lee who is moving to Athens, GA to pursue a PhD in Plant Biology with
Michelle Momany. Thanks and good luck Maria; it’s been awesome to work with you!

05/04/11: Congratulations to Kate Zemenick who was awarded an NSF predoctoral fellowship! Kate will be joining the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis this Fall.

03/15/11: Welcome to Elena Zvyagina visiting from Yugansky Nature Reserve to work on boletes of Siberia

10/04/10: Congratulations and farewell to Dr. Linda van Diepen who is moving on to a postdoctoral position with Serita Frey at U. New Hampshire. Good luck Linda and thanks for a great year!

09/17/10: We are pleased to have Lisa Schloegel back for another research visit

Optical map of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis completed. JEL423 has 16 chromosomes (1N).

02/23/10: Mycology discussion group begins, Rm. 1270, 9 am

12/11/09: Last day of Biology of Fungi Class (EEB468). Class will be taught again in Fall 2011.

06/05/09: new paper on global chytridiomycosis population genetics published in PLoS Pathogens.

04/30/09: Lisa Schloegel from Wildlife Trust visiting to study the population genetics of chytridiomycosis in bullfrogs.