As a part of the BSURF program, Arielle went on an art crawl in downtown Durham for a weekend outing. She found a lichen glass art piece in one of the galleries by Teddy Devereux, a retired scientist who now focuses on artwork!
The Lutzoni Lab spent a rainy March afternoon talking about the biology of lichens with The Wild Ones, a Duke undergraduate student organization focused on increasing knowledge of and appreciation for the natural world.
François Lutzoni provides an introduction to the biology of the lichen symbiosis
Lutzoni Lab science-art outreach was featured on the Duke Biology website. See our past discussion of this outreach effort here.
This November, the Lutzoni Lab participated in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ annual “Darwin Day” event in Raleigh. The theme for this year was “Fungi” and the lab’s exhibit—”The Secret Life of Lichens”—featured lichen herbarium specimens, symbiont cultures, a dissecting microscope, lichen puzzles, and a really cool Scottish children’s video about lichens. A total of 3,579 people visited the museum Saturday—clearly, there is a desire from the public to learn more about science, and fungi in particular.
The Lutzoni Lab team of Carlos Pardo De la Hoz, Jola Miadlikowska, and François Lutzoni, along with Diane Haughland from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), spent three weeks in Alberta, Canada, in the summer of 2022 to collect samples for our ongoing research on cyanolichen networks.
Find out more about this fieldwork and project here.
The artist: Chantal Harvey
The scientists: François Lutzoni and Jola Miadlikowska
The end of the road: Baie-Johan-Beetz, Québec, Canada
The shared inspiration: LICHENS
Learn more about this art–science outreach activity here.
We are excited to welcome Diego Garfias Gallegos to the Lutzoni lab as a first-year Ph.D. student in the Duke Biology department. Previously, he studied the cycad microbiome as a master’s student at Langebio, Cinvestav, Mexico.
Carlos was one of the ten graduate students selected to compete for the Ernst Mayr Award at the Evolution 2021 meeting. As a third-year graduate student, he was the youngest competitor, some of whom had already defended their doctoral dissertation. The title of his talk in the Mayr Award symposium was “Ancient radiation explains most phylogenetic conflicts among core genes from nostocalean cyanobacteria”.
Congratulations to Ryoko Oono for obtaining tenure at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ryoko conducted postdoctoral research in the Lutzoni lab on fungal endophytes before obtaining a tenure-track position at UCSB.
Congratulations to Dr. Nicolas Magain for obtaining an Assistant Professor position in the Evolution and Conservation Biology unit of the University of Liège in Belgium. Nicolas spent most of his Ph.D. in the Lutzoni lab and continued his phylogenetic revision of the genus Peltigera and to address macroevolutionary questions using Peltigera–Nostoc as a model system during his postdoctoral research in the Lutzoni Lab at Duke University. You can find more information about his current research in his newly established lab at this website.