It’s time to introduce myself!
I am a fungi-loving graduate student pursuing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Dr. Anne Pringle’s lab. I first fell in love with fungi when studying Laccaria bicolor and their mycorrhizal helper bacteria on Populus during a summer internship at Oak Ridge National Lab. That love grew deeper as took courses on Fungi and as I worked with coprophilous fungi (dung fungi!) as the research technician in Dr. Kabir Peay’s Fungal Ecology lab at Stanford University. Now for my dissertation I am studying how climate change effects fungi, including determining how one lineage of ectomycorrhizal Russula interact with nitrogen, and assessing how diverse forest saprotrophic fungi adapt to increased nitrogen loads in forests.
In addition to pursuing my PhD in fungal ecology, I enjoy teaching about fungi outside of the school setting. I recently helped form the Madison Mycology Society to bring fungal knowledge to more people! In my spare time I enjoy taking walks with my family, playing with my pets, and hunting for/photographing fungi. Feel free to ask me questions about my fungi-filled journey!