Scott LaGreca and Ian Medeiros provided a two-hour introduction to the biology and biodiversity of lichens on a Saturday morning walk at ECWA’s Glennstone preserve. Twenty people from the Durham area attended the event, and based on their enthusiasm we suspect that none of them will ever again go for a hike without noticing the lichens.
Members of the Lutzoni Lab spent the day teaching kids and adults about symbiosis and lichens. Visitors to the museum got a chance to look at lichens under the microscope, see a lichen fluoresce under UV light, and watch as a desiccated lichen thallus was rehydrated. Jigsaw puzzles of Xanthoria and Peltigera entertained younger visitors and gave us visual aids for discussing lichen structure and reproduction. Special thanks to Scott LaGreca for organizing the Lutzoni Lab’s participation in this fun and educational event.
We’re excited to welcome Duke third-year Will White to the Lutzoni Lab as an undergraduate research assistant. He will be working on a variety of projects under the daily supervision of Ian Medeiros and Carlos Pardo De la Hoz.
Carlos graduated from Universidad de Los Andes (Uniandes, Bogotá, Colombia) in Microbiology. Carlos comes to Duke University with already several graduate courses under his belt, and an award for best student poster that he received at the 11th International Mycological Congress. We are delighted to have him join the Lutzoni Lab.
This collaborative work was done as part of the NSF GoLife project on endophytic and endolichenic fungi (mycophygolife.org).
The Lutzoni Lab hosted a lichen field trip for the “Wild Ones,” an undergraduate natural history club at Duke. Selected photos from the trip can be viewed here. We all had a great time sharing our enthusiasm for lichens with the group!
We’re excited to welcome Scott LaGreca to the lichenology team at Duke. Scott is coming to us from Cornell University, where he was curator of the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium (CUP).
This is actually a homecoming for Scott, since he did his Ph.D. at Duke with lichenologist William Culberson.
Congratulations to Dr. Ko-Hsuan Chen for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation at Duke University, Lutzoni Lab. Her dissertation is entitled “Evolution of fungal endophytes and their functional transitions between endophytism and saprotrophism.”
Jade was awarded The Excellence in Plant Science Prize, which is given each year by the Plant Science faculty at the graduation ceremony in recognition of excellence in botanical research. Jade’s honor thesis was entitled “Patterns of symbiotic associations between Peltigera and Nostoc along a latitudinal transect crossing the circumboreal belt.”