Lab Members: Jolanta Miadlikowska

Photo: Grzegorz Kolodziej Jolanta Miadlikowska, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Duke University

Ph.D., Biology (Lichenology), University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, 1999.

M.S., Biology (Lichenology), University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, 1989.

2002 – MSA Student and Young Investigator Foreign Travel Award, Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
2000 – Mason E. Hale Award for an outstanding work resulting from a doctoral dissertation by a young lichenologist; International Association for Lichenology, IAL4, Barcelona, Spain.
2000 – “Deep Green” Travel Award to Botany 2000; Botanical Society of America, BSA, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
1995 – Gdansk Scientific Society Award for scientific achievements; Gdansk, Poland.
1992 – Young Scientist Award for scientific achievements; Foundation for Development of the University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland.


Photo: Marcin Wilga
Peltigera praetextata (Sommerf.) Zopf

Research Interests
I am a lichenologist specializing in the molecular systematics and evolution of lichenized fungi. I study diversity of lichens and fungi associated with lichen thalli (lichenicolous fungi and lichen “endophytes”), and the evolution of lichen mycobiont-photobiont symbioses. I also explore the evolutionary mechanisms that shape interactions among bionts in bi-, tri- and multi-partite lichen associations. In my systematic work, I integrate traditional revisionary methods (morphology-, anatomy-, and chemistry-based approaches) and molecular phylogenetic tools. Recently I have begun to employ typical microbiological methods to explore biodiversity in lichen–associated microfungi and ecological analysis methods to assess biogeographical pattern in fungal communities.
My research interest is centered on fungi and symbiosis, and can be divided into two main areas of investigation:
1. Systematics of lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi.
2. Co-evolution of mycobiont-photobiont associations.
3. Evolution of lichenicolous fungi.

2000 – Travel Grant, Polish Academy of Science (PAN) for conducting molecular study on lichenized Ascomycota from the order Peltigerales in the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution at the Field Museum in Chicago.
1999/2000 – Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSF, International Program/Eastern Europe Division, as a supplement to Dr. F. Lutzoni’s NSF grant DEB-9615542; Tri-membered associations a key innovation for the radiation of the Peltigerales (lichen-forming Ascomycota); Dept. of Botany, The Field Museum, Chicago.
1999/2000 – Kosciuszko Foundation Grant to conduct research on symbiotic associations from the order Peltigerales at the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution, The Field Museum, Chicago, in collaboration with Dr. F. Lutzoni.
1996/1999 – Dissertation Improvement Grant KBN 1170/PO4/96/10, Polish Comittee of Science, Warsaw, Poland; Revision of the genus Peltigera (Peltigerineae, Ascomycota) in Poland based on a world-wide phylogenetic synthesis of morphological, chemical and molecular data under supervision of Dr. W. Faltynowicz, Department of Plant Ecology and Nature Protection, University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland.
1995/1996 – Individual Mobility grant IMG-95-PL-1056, Polish Tempus Office, Warsaw, Poland for studies of lichenicolous fungi at the International Mycological Institute, Egham, U.K. under supervision of Prof. D.L. Hawksworth.

O’Brien, H., Miadlikowska, J., and Lutzoni, F. 2005: Assessing host specialization in symbiotic Cyanobacteria associated with four closely related species of the lichen fungus Peltigera. European Journal of Phycology 40:363-378.

Lutzoni, F., Kauff, F., Cox, J. C., McLaughlin, D., Celio, G., Dentinger, B., Padamsee, M., Hibbett, D., James, T. Y., Baloch, E., Grube, M., Reeb, V., Hofstetter, V., Shcoch, C., Arnold, A. E., Miadlikowska, J., Spatafora, J., Johnson, D., Hambleton, S., Crockett, M., Shoemaker, R., Sung, G.-H., Lücking, R., Lumbsch, T., O’Donnell, K., Binder, M., Diederich, P., Ertz, D., Gueidan, C., Hansen, K., Harris, R. C., Hosaka, K., Lim, Y.-W., Matheny, B., Nishida, H., Pfister, D., Rogers, J., Rossman, A., Schmitt, I., Sipman, H., Stone, J., Sugiyama, J., Yahr, R., and Vilgalys, R. 2004: Assembling the fungal tree of life: Progress, classification, and evolution of subcellular traits. American Journal of Botany 91:1446-1480

Miadlikowska, J. and F. Lutzoni. 2004: Phylogenetic classification of peltigeralean fungi (Peltigerales, Ascomycota) based on ribosomal RNA small and large subunits. American Journal of Botany 91: 449-464.

Miadlikowska, J., Lutzoni, F., Goward, T., Zoller, S. and D. Posada. 2003: New approach to an old problem: Incorporating signal from gap-rich regions of ITS and nrDNA large subunit into phylogenetic analyses to resolve the Peltigera canina species complex. Mycologia 95: 1181-1203.

Ertz, D., Diederich, P. and J. Miadlikowska. 2003: The lichenicolous Opegrapha species (Roccellaceae, Ascomycota) with 3-septate ascospores on Pertusaria and Ochrolechia. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society (in press).

Goffinet, B., Miadlikowska, J. and T. Goward 2003: Phylogenetic inferences support five morphospecies within the morphologically, chemically, and ecologically diverse Peltigera didactyla species complex (lichenized Ascomycota). Bryologist 106: 349-364.

Ertz, D., Zhurbenko, M., Diederich, P. and Miadlikowska, J. 2003: A new species of Plectocarpon on Peltigera (lichenicolous Roccellaceae, Ascomycota). Lichenologist 106: 465-467.

McDonald, T., Miadlikowska, J. and Lutzoni, F. 2003: The lichen genus Sticta in the Great Smoky Mountains: a phylogenetic study of morphological, chemical and molecular data. Bryologist 106: 61-79.

Miadlikowska, J., McCune, B and Lutzoni, F. 2002: Pseudocyphellaria perpetua, a new lichen from Western North America. Bryologist 105: 1-10.

Miadlikowska, J. and Lutzoni, F. 2000: Phylogenetic revision of the genus Peltigera (lichen-forming Ascomycota) based on morphological, chemical and large subunit nuclear ribosomal DNA data. International Journal of Plant Sciences 161.6: 925-968.

Miadlikowska, J. 2000: Ptychographa flexella (Ach.) Coppins. Atlas of the Geographical Distribution of Lichens in Poland (eds. S. Cieslinski, W. Faltynowicz). Part 2. W. Szafer Inst. of Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow.

Goffinet, B. and Miadlikowska, J. 1999: Peltigera phyllidiosa (Peltigeraceae, Ascomycotina), a new species from the southern Appalachians corroborated by ITS sequences. Lichenologist 31: 247-256.

Motiejunaite, J. and Miadlikowska, J. 1998: Revised list of the genus Peltigera (lichenized Ascomycotina) and peltigericolous fungi from Lithuania. Acta Mycol. 33: 307-316.

Hawksworth, D.L. and Miadlikowska, J. 1997: Vagnia, a remarkable celeomycete producing a black columnar cirrus on Peltigera in Poland. Lichenologist 29.1: 45-49.

Hawksworth, D.L. and Miadlikowska, J. 1997: New species of lichenicolous fungi occurring on Peltigera in Ecuador and Europe. Mycol. Res. 101.9:1127-1134.

Miadlikowska, J. 1996: Contribution to the flora of lichenized Ascomycotina of the Czywczyn. Mts. (Eastern Carpathians, Ukraine). Part III. Peltigera and peltigericolous fungi. Herzogia 12: 129-132.

Alstrup, V. and Miadlikowska, J. 1995: Some peltigericolous fungi and lichens mainly from Poland. Graphis Scripta 7: 7-10.