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.
Well done Ian!!!
Ian graduated from the College of the Atlantic (Maine) with a broad interest in natural sciences. Ian is already an accomplished lichenologist with extensive research experience. We are delighted to have him join the Lutzoni lab.
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.”