The Pringle Laboratory

Principle Invesitigator

Anne Pringle – apringle2[at]wisc.edu


Letters & Science Mary Herman Rubinstein Professor

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

Departments of Botany & Bacteriology

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The Madison Team

Nora Dunkirk – dunkirk[at]wisc.edu


I am interested in how fungi function in ecosystems, namely saprotrophs and ectomycorrhizal fungi, and how they interact with nutrient cycling. I am using isotopes to try to ascertain the functional role of fungi in diverse ecosystems, currently using the genus Russula. I am also researching the nitrogen use of decomposer fungi and how they adapt to increased nitrogen loads due to human pollution and fertilizers. I am interested in the conservation of fungi and mitigating human-induced introductions of invasive species.

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Savannah Gentry – sgentry[at]wisc.edu


I am interested in fungal pathogens of wildlife and emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). My work focuses on fungal host specificity and the physiology of fungi responsible for EIDs like snake fungal disease and yellow fungal disease caused by Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola and Nannizziopsis guarroi, respectively. I am also a professional artist and have great interest in bridging sciene and art as way to communicate science to the public.

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Naamon Peyton – npeyton[at]wisc.edu


I am a first-year undergraduate student in the Pringle Lab. My current research is surveying the fungi of UW-Madison's Lakeshore Nature Preserve and working with Savannah Gentry to create a field guide specific to the fungi that I encounter. I am interested in ethnomycology and mycoremediation.

Corbin Bryan – bryan6[at]wisc.edu


I am a first year PhD student in the Pringle Lab interested in investigating fungal species deliniations, fungal co-invasions and the evolution of fungal secondary metabolites using genomics approachs. Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing the Viola da Gamba and Guitar, foraging for mushrooms (of course), and reading stuff old literature about dead languages.

Cecelia Stokes – ckstokes[at]wisc.edu


I am interested in the ecology of invasive ectomycorrhizal fungi. I plan to examine Amanita phalloides interactions with insect populations, native ectomycorrhizal fungi, and mutualistic hosts within their non-native range. Additionally, I hope to investigate if the deadly toxic compounds produced by A. phalloides influence these interactions and their ability to colonize new ecosystems.

Aishwarya Veerabahu – veerabahu[at]wisc.edu


Aishwarya earned her B.S. in Biology from the chapparal hills of UC Riverside in Southern California. After graduating, her passion for ecology led her to become a naturalist and an environmental educator. After spending time in the rich forests of the Adirondacks, she was inspired to study fungi and their role in forest health. For her PhD in fungal ecology, she intends to study how microbes can help the restoration and resilience of ecosystems under threat. She currently works on the effects of non-native Golden Oyster fungi on native microbial communities in Wisconsin.

The Distributed Team

Holly Elmore – m.holly.elmore[at]gmail.com


I am broadly interested in the evolution of eukaryotic genomes. I study genome organization in fungi, particularly as it relates to the bizarre diversity of fungal mating systems. For my thesis, I am investigating the mating loci of several species of Amanita mushrooms in order to learn more about the organization of this genome region and how it may be related to the evolution of the mushroom life cycle. I am currently building and populating Amanitabase, a database of Amanita genomes that will serve as the basis of my dissertation and hopefully lots of other research!

Cat Adams – catadams[at]berkeley.edu


Cat Adams is a PhD student at UC Berkeley, researching the role of secondary metabolites in plant-fungal interactions. Her Masters work with Anne examined the evolution of spice tolerance in fungal pathogens of wild chili peppers. For her PhD, Cat is studying the invasion of the deadly poisonous death cap mushroom, Amanita phalloides. She is also passionate about science communication, and has written for Slate and BBC Earth. You can read her personal blog http://ScienceIsMetal.com

Susana C. Gonçalves – scgoncal[at]uc.pt


I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of ectomycorrhizal fungi, focusing on the population dynamics of Amanita phalloides and Amanita muscaria, in particular. For my postdoctoral project, I am investigating what might turn an exotic ectomycorrhizal fungus into a successful invader. I am also very involved in fungal conservation and, as of Autumn 2015, I have served as co-chair of the ECCF (European Council for Fungal Conservation).

Ejected Spores (Lab Alumni)

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