I am a mycologist who is interested in fungal diversity, and focused on systematics and ecology of Pezizales and Orbiliales.
1977 B.S. College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
2002 M.S. Iowa State University, Ames, IA
2013 Ph.D. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
My research in the Smith Lab focuses on phylogenetic relationships and biogeography of Pezizales truffles and their closest above ground relatives. I am interested in trait evolution, as well as when, and why pezizalean truffles evolved to the truffle form, and moved across the world over time. I have also been working on linking Pezizales (including truffles) with their anamorphic states, and hope to eventually understand how the anamorphic state fits into their lifecycle.
You can find more information on my Google site: Evolution of truffles, morels, and relatives