Brian Perry Faculty Profile

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Brian  Perry


Department of Biological Sciences

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Identifying patterns of biological diversity and the underlying processes that create and maintain such patterns are fundamental questions in evolutionary biology. My 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.

  • Ph.D., Harvard University (2006)
  • M.A., San Francisco State University (2002)
  • B.S., San Francisco State University (1996)

Not teaching this semester.

Perry B.A., Keller H.W., Forrester E.D., Stone B.G. 2020. A new corticolous species of Mycena sect. Viscipelles (Basidiomycota: Agaricales) from the bark of a living American elm tree in Texas, U.S.A. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas14(2): 167-185.

Darcy J.L., Cobian G.M., Swift S.O.I., Zahn, G., Perry B.A., Amend, A.A. 2020. Fungal communities living within leaves of native Hawaiian dicots are structured by landscape-scale variables as well as by host plants. Molecular Ecology 29(16): 3102-3115.

Desjardin D.E. and Perry B.A. 2020. The hygrophoroid fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricales, Hygrohoraceae) from Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa. Current Research in Environmental & Applied Mycology (Journal of Fungal Biology) 10(1): 186-197.

Grace C.L., Desjardin D.E., Perry B.A., Shay J.E. 2019. The genus Marasmius (Basidiomycota, Agaricales, Marasmiaceae) from Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa. Phytotaxa 414(2): 55-104.

Cortés-Pérez A., Desjardin D.E., Perry B.A., Ramírez-Cruz F., Villalobos-Arámbula A.R. and Rockefeller A. 2019. New species and records of bioluminescent Mycena from Mexico. Mycologia 11(2): 319-338.

Cortés-Pérez A., Desjardin D.E., Perry B.A., Ramírez-Cruz V., Ramírez-Guillén F., Villalobos-Arambula A.R. 2019. Two new species of Mycena section Longisetae from Mexico. Current Research in Environmental & Applied Mycology (Journal of Fungal Biology) 9(1): 36-43.

Cooper A.C., Desjardin D.E., Perry B.A. 2018. The genus Mycena (Basidiomycota, Agaricales, Mycenaceae) and allied genera from Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa. Phytotaxa 383(1): 1-47.

Zamora J.C. (+ over 100 authors, including B.A. Perry) 2018. Considerations and consequences of allowing DNA sequence data as types of fungal taxa. IMA FUNGUS 9(1): 167-175.

Desjardin D.E. and Perry B.A. 2018. The genus Pluteus (Basidiomycota, Agaricales, Pluteaceae) from Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa. Mycosphere 9(3): 598-617.

Desjardin D.E. and Perry B.A. 2017. The gymnopoid fungi of (Basidiomycota, Agaricales) from the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa. Mycosphere 8(9): 1317-1391.

Desjardin D.E. and Perry B.A. 2017. Panaeolus antillarum (Basidiomycota, Psathyrellaceae) from wild elephant dung in Thailand. Current Research in Environmental & Applied Mycology 7(4): 275–281.

Desjardin, D.E., Perry, B.A., Shay, J.E., Newman, D.S. and Randrianjohany E. 2017. The type species of Tetrapyrgos and Campanella (Basidiomycota, Agaricales) redescribed and epitypified. Mycosphere (8)8: 977-985.

Shay, J.E., Desjardin, D.E., Perry, B.A., Grace, C.L. & Newman, D.S. 2017. Biodiversity and phylogeny of Marasmius (Agaricales, Basidiomycota) from Madagascar. Phytotaxa 292(2): 101-149.

Desjardin, D.E., Perry, B.A., Stevani, C. 2016. New luminescent mycenoid fungi from São Paulo State, Brazil. Mycologia 180(6): 1165-1174.

​Perry, B.A. and Desjardin, D.E. 2016. New species of Mycena (Basidiomycota, Agaricales) from California. Phytotaxa 269(1): 33-40.

Desjardin, D.E. and Perry, B.A. 2016. Dark-spored species of Agaricineae from Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa. Mycosphere 7(3): 359-391.

Desjardin, D.E. and Perry, B.A. 2015. Clavarioid fungi and Gasteromycetes from Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa. Mycosphere 6(5): 515-531.

Yougen, W., Girmay, S., da Silva, V.M., Perry, B.A., Hu, X. & Tan, G.T. 2015. The role of Endophytic Fungi in the Anticancer Activity of Morinida citrifolia Linn. (Noni). Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015: 1-8.

Honan A.H., Desjardin D.E., Perry B.A., Horak E., & Baroni T.J.  2015.  Towards a better understanding of Tetrapyrgos (Basidiomycota, Agaricales): new species, type studies, and phylogenetic inferences. Phytotaxa 231(2): 101–132

Desjardin, D.E. and Perry, B.A. 2015. A new species of Scytinopogon from the island of Príncipe, Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa. Mycosphere 6(4): 433-440. 2015.

Desjardin, D.E., Hemmes, D.E., Perry, B.A. 2014. A ruby-colored Pseudobaeospora species is described as new from material collected on Hawai`i Island. Mycologia 106(3): 456-463

Jenkinson, T.J., Perry, B.A., Desjardin, D.E. 2014. Cryptomarasmius gen. nov. established in the Physalacriaceae to accommodate members of Marasmius section Hygrometrici. Mycologia 106(1): 86-94

Hynson N., Merckx V., Perry B.A., Treseder, K. 2013. Non-native ectomycorrhizal fungi abet pine invasions in the Hawaiian Islands. Biological Invasions 15: 2373-2385

Wilson A.W., Hosaka K., Perry B.A. and Mueller G.M. 2013. Laccaria (Agaricomycetes, Basidiomycota) from Tibet (Xizang Autonomous Region, China). Mycoscience (DOI 10.1016/j.myc.2013.01.006)

Hansen K., Perry, BA, Dranginis, A.W., and Pfister, D.H. 2013. A multi-gene phylogeny of the cup-fungus family Pyronemataceae (Pezizomycetes, Ascomycota). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67: 311-335.

Oliviera, A.G., Desjardin, D.E., Perry, B.A., and Stevani, C.V. 2012. Evidence that a single bioluminescent system is shared by all known bioluminescent fungal lineages. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 11: 848-852.

Aronsen, A.  and Perry, B.A. 2011. Mycena guldenia – a new alpine species from Norway. Mycotaxon 118: 187-195.

Capelari, M., Desjardin, D.E., Perry, B.A., Asai, T. and Stevani, C.V. 2011. Neonothopanus gardneri: a new combination for a bioluminescent agaric from Brazil. Mycologia 103(6): 1433-1440.

Zhao, R., Desjardin, D. E., Soytong, K., Perry, B. A., Hyde, K. D. 2010. A monograph of Microspsalliota in Northern Thailand based on morphological and molecular data. Fungal Diversity 45: 33-79.

Selosse, M. A., Martos, F., Perry, B. A., Padamsee, M., Melanie, R. and Thierry, P. 2010. Saprotrophic fungal symbionts in tropical achlorophyllous orchids. Finding treasures among the “molecular scraps”? Plant Signaling and Behavior 5(4): 349-353.

Desjardin, D. E., Perry, B. A., Lodge, J. D., Stevani, C. V. and Nagasawa, E. 2010. Luminescent Mycena: new and noteworthy species. Mycologia 102: 459-477.

Tan, Y. S., Desjardin, D. E., Perry, B. A., Vikineswary, S., and Noorlidah, A. 2009. Marasmius sensu stricto in Penninsular Malaysia. Fungal Diversity 37: 9-100.

Wannathes, N., Desjardin, D. E., Hyde, K. D., Perry, B. A. and Lumyong, S. 2009. A monograph of Marasmius (Basidiomycota) from Northern Thailand based on morphological and molecular data (ITS sequences). Fungal Diversity 37: 209-306.

Desjardin, D. E. and Perry, B. A. 2009. A new species of Phallus from São Tomé, Africa. Mycologia 101(4): 545-547.

Perry, B. A. and Pfister, D. H. 2008. Chaetothiersia vernalis, a new genus and species of Pyronemataceae (Ascomycota, Pezizales) from California. Fungal Diversity 28: 65-72.

Perry, B. A., Hansen, K. and Pfister D. H. 2007. A phylogenetic overview of the of the family Pyronemataceae (Ascomycota, Pezizales). Mycological Research 111(5): 549-571.

Tedersoo, L., Hansen, K., Perry, B. A. and Kjøller, R. 2006. Molecular and morphological diversity of pezizalean mycorrhiza. New Phytologist 170(3): 581-596.

Hansen, K., Perry, B. A. and Pfister, D. H. 2005. Phylogenetic origins of two cleistothecial fungi, Orbicula parietina and Lasiobolidium orbiculoides, within the operculate discomycetes. Mycologia 97(5): 1023-1033.

Lodge, D. J., Perry, B. A. and Desjardin, D. E. 2004. Mycena sect. Hygrocyboideae in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. Memoirs of the New York Botanic Garden 89: 131-139.

Perry, B.A. and Desjardin, D.E. 1999. Mycena californiensis resurrected. Mycotaxon 66: 495-505.

Desjardin, D.E., Halling, R.E. and Perry, B.A. 1997. Gymnopus villosipes - a common collybioid agaric from California. Mycotaxon 64: 141-147.