Z has started teaching at GWU with a class in Plant Comparative
Structure and Function for undergraduates. She and Amy M have had
several grants funded to support local work on fungal wood decay
through grants from GWU and the Smithsonian with collaborators Sean McMahon and Melissa McCormick at SERC.
The lab has presented at the USDA in Beltsville, MD and at the
University of Western Sydney in Australia. Amy recently gave a talk at
the University of Maryland BEES seminar series and will soon talk at
Phylopizza at the Smithsonian. She is a co-author on papers lead by Brendan Choat and Steven Jansen, Rob Kooyman, Rob Lanfear,
and Vania Torrez. Amy also gave a hand at the American Society of Plant
Biologists booth at the Annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn.
So many small people to recruit as budding botanists!
Darcy and Mariya spent time with Dan Lindner
at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI extracting fungal
DNA from our rotting wood. Darcy continued on to the University of
California, Irvine to work with Steve Allison to quantify wood decay enzymes. Mariya has been working with collaborators at the University of Idaho and GWU to sequence amplicons and metagenomes from rotting wood. We can’t wait to see who is rotting our wood!
has been sectioning wood samples from Panama and Tyson for wood anatomy
while juggling several manuscripts and the latest lab addition, Owen!
Elvis is writing up his MSc thesis on aboveground biomass storage in Peruvian peatlands. Go Elvis!
after getting married to Dan in Hawaii, is now settling into a
technician position with our collaborator and good friend, Jonathan Meyers. She was a big hand when Brad and Amy visited St. Louis.
Amy and Brad spent time working with Brendan Choat and Jeff Powell
on fungal wood decay at Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at the
University of Western Sydney; they will return there this summer for
more wood rot plot experiments. They also attended the final Tempo and Mode NESCent meeting,
examining projects such as evolution of freezing tolerance and
mycorrhizal symbioses. They had a whirlwind trip back to St. Louis to
harvest a leaf and fine branch decay experiment and pack up field and
lab gear. Great to see so many friends in St. Louis!
The lab has had numerous visitors including Sean McMahon, Doug Levey, Nathan Kraft, and David Hibbett, who all gave stellar departmental seminars. Thanks!
You can catch various lab members at meetings this summer and fall including: ESA, MSA, Intecol, and TRY. Hope to see you soon!