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Nattapol Kraisitudomsook

Graduate Student

Nattapol Kraisitudomsook





  • About

    Nattapol is originally from Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Smith Lab studying fungal systematics and evolution. In his free time, Nattapol likes to collect mushrooms, read, sing, and exercise.  

  • Education

    Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology: May 2018 – Present Expected graduation date: August 2021 Advisor: Dr. Matthew E. Smith University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 

    Master of Science in Plant Pathology: August 2016 – May 2018 Advisor: Dr. Matthew E. Smith University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    Bachelor of Arts in Biology: August 2012 – May 2016 Advisor: Dr. Timothy Parker Minor in Sociology Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

  • Research

    I specialize in fungal taxonomy and systematics. I did my Master’s work on the systematics of fungi in the genus Ruhlandiella (Pezizales, Ascomycota), which are truffles that are native to Australia and South America. Currently, I have shifted my focus to bird’s nest fungi (Agaricales, Basidiomycota). As the name suggests, these fungi look like bird’s nests with eggs inside. But those “eggs” are actually spore cases which contain millions of spores. Bird’s nest fungi have a global distribution. However, not much is known regarding their systematics and evolution.  The goal of my research is to figure out how these fungi are related and why they have evolved morphology that is so unique in the world of fungi.

  • Publications

    Kraisitudomsook N., Healy R.A., Pfister D.H., Truong C., Nouhra E., Kuhar F., Mujic A.B., Trappe J.M., and Smith M.E. 2019. Resurrecting the genus Geomorium: Systematic study of fungi in the genera Underwoodia and Gymnohydnotrya (Pezizales) with the description of three new South American species (In prep).

    Kraisitudomsook N., Healy R.A., Mujic A.B., Pfister D.H., Nouhra E., and Smith M.E. 2018. Systematic study of truffles in the genus Ruhlandiella with the description of two new species from Patagonia. Mycologia (In press).

    Poster presentation at the 11th International Mycological Congress. Gondwana connections in Tuberaceae-Helvellaceae: Discovery of the first Gymnohydnotrya-like species from South America. San Juan, Puerto Rico: July 2018

    Poster presentation at the Mycological Society of America 2017 Meeting. New species of Ruhlandiella from Patagonia, South America. Athens, GA: August 2017

    Undergraduate Senior Thesis. Fungal endophyte diversity in herbaceous desert plants. Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA: May 2016