Congratulations to Linh Anh Cat and Morgan Gorris! They have received a graduate fellowship from the UCI Data Science Initiative to study environmental controls over the fungus that causes Valley Fever. Linh Anh is a PhD student in our lab, and Morgan is a PhD student in Randerson Lab in ESS.
Olivia Anumudu has been busy winning awards for her research presentations! She is a CAMP scholar mentored by Mia Maltz, and her project is “The Effects of Herbicides on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Associations in Roots”. She presented her results at the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (San Antonio TX), the 2014 Society of the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (Los Angeles), and the 2015 CAMP Statewide Symposium (Irvine, CA). She won an Honorable Mention at SACNAS and another award at the CAMP Statewide Symposium. Congratulations to Olivia!
One of our high school interns, Irene Koo, won a special award (from CH2M) at the OC Science Fair. Her project was “The Effect of Glyphosate Concentrate on Carbon Dioxide Emission and Hyphal Growth of Fungus”. Irene is a junior at Woodbridge High School, and she has been mentored by Yev Marusenko.
Restoration Ecology has accepted Mia Maltz’s first chapter for publication. In it, she reports that restoration projects that inoculate plants with native mycorrhizal fungi have better outcomes. Mia is a PhD candidate in the lab, and this is the first chapter of her dissertation.
Maltz, M. R. and K. K. Treseder. 2015. Sources of inocula influence mycorrhizal colonization of plants in restoration projects: A meta-analysis. Restoration Ecology: in press.
Adriana Romero has been invited to give a talk about her research to the Arcadia branch of AAUW on May 11. The talk is entitled, “Do fungi adapt to global warming, and what are the consequences for our environment? Adriana is a PhD student in the lab, and she is an AAUW fellow.
Sandra Holden’s manuscript will be coming out soon in Soil Biology and Biochemistry:
Holden, S. R., A. A. Berhe, and K. K. Treseder. 2015. Decreases in soil moisture and organic matter quality suppress microbial decomposition following a boreal forest fire. Soil Biology and Biochemistry: in press.
Sandra received her PhD in our lab, and is now a postdoc with Claudia Green at UCI.
Jenny Talbot received the Soil Ecology Society Early Career Award. This award “recognizes an early career soil ecologist within 5 years of their PhD who has begun making, and shows exceptional promise to continue making, outstanding research contributions to the broad field of soil ecology.”
Jenny earned her PhD in our lab and is now an Assistant Professor at Boston University.
PhD student Linh Anh Cat received a Quebec Fellowship to support her work on airborne fungal pathogens.
Mia Maltz, a PhD candidate in the lab, won the MSA Forest Fungal Ecology Research Award for her work restoring native ecosystems in Orange County.
Caitlin Looby, a PhD candidate in our lab, was recently awarded an NSF DDIG for her project, “Microbial Responses to Elevation in a Tropical Montane Cloud Forest”. She works in Monteverde, Costa Rica.