Past Student Spotlights

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  • Michael Malone (He/Him)

    Michael Malone (He/Him)

    Michael Malone (he/him) grew up in Long Island, New York and is currently an undergraduate at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he is advised by Dr. Alex Weir. Current project description Our project focuses on a poorly misunderstood group of fungi called the Laboulbeniales. They are obligate ectoparasites of arthropods, especially beetles. …

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  • Dr. Korena Mafune

    Dr. Korena Mafune

    Dr. Korena Mafune grew up outside of Seattle, WA, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher. Tell us about your project! My research focuses on elucidating the role of adventitious roots and their fungal partners in canopy soils of old-growth Acer macrophyllum (big leaf maple). In these temperate rainforests, canopy soils form from epiphytic mats on …

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  • Marina De León

    Marina De León

    Marina De León is from the East Coast and is currently a PhD student at UC Davis working with Dr. Jonathan Eisen. Tell us about your project! The invasive, pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is destroying amphibian populations across the world. Understanding Bd epidemiology and treatment options is imperative to saving many species from extinction. …

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  • Autumn Anglin

    Autumn Anglin

    Autumn Anglin is from Colorado and Florida but currently lives in Oregon and is active with the Willamette Valley Mushroom Society (WVMS) as a member of the WVMS funga citizen science study group. Autumn is a ceramicist as well as a graphic designer, book illustrator, photographer, and web designer. Tell us about your project! We …

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  • Abbey Neat

    Abbey Neat

    Abbey Neat is from Pasadena, California and is currently conducting research at Oregon State University with Dr. Posy Busby! Tell us about your project! I am studying fungal endophytes found in conifer leaf litter. When a tree drops its leaves, its fungal microbiome travels with the leaves as they fall to the ground and will …

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  • Kate Hickman

    Kate Hickman

    Kate Hickman grew up in Sedalia, Missouri and Provo, Utah and is currently working at Utah Valley University with Dr. Geoffrey Zahn! Tell us about your project! We’re analyzing samples taken from mangroves to assess potential interactions between fungi and bacteria. Our aim is to provide information that leads to more effective nursery practices with …

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  • Jacob Steenwyk

    Jacob Steenwyk

    Jacob Steenwyk grew up Pasadena, California, and is currently a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, working with Dr. Antonis Roka! Tell us about your project! My research focuses on the extensive loss of cell-cycle and DNA repair genes in an ancient lineage of bipolar budding yeasts. Which awards do you like to brag about? My …

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  • Madeline Lueck

    Madeline Lueck

    If you are interested in being featured in a future MSA student and postdoc spotlight, please fill out this form with your information! Madeline Lueck is our student spotlight for the month of November! Madeline grew up in East Bay Area, California, and is currently a graduate student at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, working with …

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  • Gary Olds

    Gary Olds

    Gary Olds is currently doing research at the Denver Botanical Gardens with Dr. Andrew Wilson. Tell us about your project! My project, “Applying a Modified Metabarcoding Approach for the Sequencing of Macrofungal Specimens,” explores laboratory techniques in taking the efficiency (time, labor, and cost) of environmental DNA sequencing and applying that to the historically slower …

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  • Magnolia Morelli

    Magnolia Morelli

    Magnolia Morelli grew up in Salt Lake City, UT, and is currently doing research at Utah Valley University with Geoffrey Zahn. Tell us about your project! I am currently planning a research trip to Costa Rica to study mycophagy within primates. I will be collecting data at La Selva Biological station over the course of …

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