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Jolanta Miadlikowska, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Biology (Lichenology), University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, 1999.
M.S., Biology (Lichenology), University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, 1989.
I am a systematist interested in the taxonomy, molecular systematics, and evolution of the lichenized fungi (with special emphasis on cyanolichens from the order Peltigerales) and their secondary cryptic associates (endolichenic fungi). I also explore the evolutionary mechanisms that shape interactions among symbionts in lichen associations. In my systematic work, I integrate traditional revisionary methods (morphology-, anatomy-, and chemistry-based approaches) and molecular phylogenetic tools. I am also part of a team of mycologists exploring biodiversity, ecological rule and biogeographical pattern in cryptic fungal communities associated with lichens and plants (endolichenic and endophytic fungi).
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.