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Dr. Lotus Lofgren

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Tri-I MMPTP (NIH T-32) Research Fellow
Dept. of Biology, Duke University, Vilgalys Lab


Leveraging Ecological Plasticity to Inform Fungal Community Dynamics


Fungi are so primary to bionetworks that they are thought to interact in some way with every species on Earth. These interactions take on a myriad of forms, with fungi playing roles ranging from obligate mutualists to deadly pathogens, while the number of interaction partners can range from a single species to thousands. However, the dynamics between fungi and their surrounding communities can be plastic over both evolutionary time, and over the lifetime of individuals, structured by a plethora of poorly understood biotic and abiotic factors. These context-dependent ecological relationships have important implications that span medicine, agriculture, and forestry. Using multiple fungal study systems, we investigate how exceptional examples of ecological plasticity can inform both complex systems and seemingly straightforward examples of species that are canonical representatives of a single guild, host-specificity relationship, or life-history. 


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  • Pappoe, Amber-Matilda
  • Sherzad, Masodah
  • Goodrum, Jayme

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