Fungal Systematics and Evolution
Identifying patterns of biological diversity and the underlying processes that create and maintain such patterns are fundamental questions in evolutionary biology. Our research integrates studies of fungal biodiversity and molecular phylogenetic analyses with data from disciplines such as genetics, ecology and geography to address broad questions of how these biological and physical processes interact to drive evolution, especially within the Hawaiian Archipelago and greater Pacific Basin. Our empirical work thus far has focused primarily on the diversity and evolution of understudied groups of both Basidiomycete and Ascomycete fungi. We are also very interested in conservation biology and the roles that both mycology and phylogenetic systematics have to play in this field.
Drs. Brian A. Perry, Don E. Hemmes and Dennis E. Desjardin maintain a webpage detailing our ongoing research to document the fungal diversity of the Hawaiian Islands.
The long-awaited "California Mushrooms" has finally been published. This is a beautiful book filled with excellent photos, descriptions and keys to over 600 species of fungi found in California. We can't wait to put our copies to use this Fall!
CSUEB undergraduate Jonathan del Rosario joined the lab. Jonathan will be assisting us with culturing and sequencing of fungal endophytes isolated from native Hawaiian plants. Welcome aboard, Jonathan!