Selected Publications

The study used a phylogeny with 1157 species to assess patterns of switching between angiosperm-specialization, gymnosperm-specialization, and “generalism” (i.e., angiosperm and gymnosperm hosts), based on host data that Franz mined from the USDA database of fungus-host associations. The results suggest that brown rot fungi transition most rapidly between gymnosperm specialization and generalism, whereas white rot fungi switch most rapidly between angiosperm specialization and generalism. This study reflects our long-running interest in host specialization and substrate-switching.
In BMC Evo Biol, 2018

Using an experimental approach, we disentangle, for the first time, the independent effects of environment and resources on wood-inhabiting fungi, the most important saproxylic group in terms of decomposition.
In JoE, 2018

Recent Publications

. Evolutionary dynamics of host specialization in wood-decay fungi. In BMC Evo Biol, 2018.

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. Independent effects of host and environment on the diversity of wood-inhabiting fungi. In JoE, 2018.

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. On the Structural and Species Diversity Effects of Bark Beetle Disturbance in Forests During Initial and Advanced Early-Seral Stages at Different Scales. In Eur J Forest Res, 2017.

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

Wood-inhabiting fungal community ecology and the evolution of host specificity
Dec 5, 2018 5:00 PM
Evolutionary Dynamics of Substrate Switches and Specialization Patterns among Wood-Decay Fungi
Sep 12, 2017 10:30 AM
Resource diversity is more important than resource amount and microclimate for wood-inhabiting fungal diversity
Sep 12, 2017 9:00 AM

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