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Smith Lab Alumni

Julieta Alvarez

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Visiting Scholar, Instituto de Biologia UNAM, Mexico
Ectomycorrhizal fungi of Mexican tropical dry forests

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Kellee Britt

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Biological Scientist
Project: PCR, PCR, and more PCR
PhD student at University of Florida

Adriana Corrales

Smith Lab Postdoc 2016-2018

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Universidad del Rosario
Bogota, Colombia

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 Mark Elliott

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Mark Elliott
Executive Retirement Director
Address: Gardening or Hiking or lounging at the beach
Contact Information: None!

Elizabeth Feliciano

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Elizabeth Noemi Feliciano
(20 June 1989 - 16 June 2022)
Promising young mycologist, powerful advocate for diversity and inclusion, amazing friend and scholar. She left this world far too soon. We love you and we miss you, Elizabeth.

Zai-wei Ge

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Visiting Scholar (2012-2013)
Kunming Institute of Botany
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Kunming, 650204, China


Paulo Grazziotti

Smith Lab Visiting Scientist 2018-2019

Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri/UFVJM
Departamento de Engenharia Florestal
Diamantina, MG, Brasil

Arthur Grupe

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Smith Lab PhD student 2015-2019

Assistant Professor - University of Wisconsin, La Crosse 

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Rosanne Healy


Assistant Scientist – Truffle Systematics and Ecology - Retired

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Michelle Jusino

Research Biologist
USDA Forest Service
Center for Forest Mycology Research
Madison WI USA

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Evironmental Sciences Librarian
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

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Zach Kaplan

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Undergraduate Researcher
Truffle systematics

Elena Karlsen-Ayala

Elena Karlsen-Ayala sitting on a fake pig

Postdoctoral Researcher in Soil Microbiology
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center


Kristy Kim

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High School Intern
Student Science Training Program (SSTP)
Project: The phylogeny of Trappeindia himalayensis

Richard Kneal

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Mycology Technician
Ecology of Tuber lyonii in pecan nurseries

Nattapol Kraisitudomsook

Postdoctoral Researcher
UF Plant Pathology


Francisco Kuhar

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Visiting Scholar
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina
Sequestrate ectomycorrhizal fungi of Patagonia

Katy Lazarus
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MS in Plant Pathology, 2016

Systematics of Syncephalis



Dr. Alija Mujic

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Fresno State University

Fresno State University Department of Biology


Arooj Naseer

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Visiting Ph.D. Student and Lecturer In Botany
Department of Botany
University of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan
Ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with Quercus of Pakistan

Eduardo Nouhra

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Visiting Scholar
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

Keisuke Obase

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Visiting Scholar
Population Structure and Ecology of Cenococcum geophilum

Claudia Paez

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Florida Department of Plant Industry

Sarah Prentice

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Master's Degree - August 2023

University of Florida Marston Science Library

Maxwell Reitman

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MS Student
Biology of Tuber lyonii

Nicole Reynolds

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Postdoctoral Researcher
Cornell University
Ithaca NY USA

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Natasha Rosenbach

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High School Intern
Diversity and systematics of Syncephalis (Zoopageles)

Karlee Schell

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High School Intern
Student Science Training Program (SSTP)
Project: Exploring the phylogenetic placement of the enigmatic truffle, Fevansia aurantiaca

Co-authored publication: Smith MESchell KJ, Castellano MA, Trappe JM (2013)
The enigmantic truffle Fevansia aurantiaca is an ectomycorrhizal member of the Albatrellus lineage. Mycorrhiza.doi10.1007/s00572-013-0502-2

Camille Truong

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Smith Lab Postdoc 2015-2018

Research Scientist
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Australia

Honorary Senior Fellow
University of Melbourne, Australia

Dylan Warner

Mycology Technician

Current Master's Student - Michigan State University

Kung Chung "Eddie" Yee

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Undergraduate Intern
UF Fungal Herbarium
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
Project: Molecular analysis of fungal DNA sequences from clinical veterinary specimens

Co-authored Publication: Sheppard BJ, McGrath E, Giuffrida M, Craft S, Kung CY, Smith ME
"Report of wood decay fungus Inonotus tropicalis (phylum Basidiomycota) from a dog with a granulomatous mediastinal mass”
Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. In Press.

Galileo Zen

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High School Intern
Project: Digitizing the FLAS Herbarium