I am broadly interested in plant-fungal symbioses. For my dissertation work I have primarily focused on plants and their interactions with foliar endophytic fungi - cryptic fungi that reside within the photosynthetic tissue of all plants sampled to date. I conduct this work in both the tropical and temperate zones. I also do some empirical and theoretical work with the maintenance of the mutualism between plants and mycorrhizal fungi, belowground fungal symbionts. I have a passion for education, and actively conduct pedagogical research.
Foliar endophytic fungi are environmentally-acquired symbionts, whose diverse communities reside cryptically within the healthy photosynthetic tissue of all plant species sampled to date...