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

Jacob Golan – jgolan[at]wisc.edu


I am generally interested in how fungi move - from across landscapes to across continents. I approach questions on dispersal from a genetic, biophysical, and ecological perspective in order to better understand fungal biogeography and population dynamics. I am also interested in the intersection of fungal biology and intellectual property rights.

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Nora Duncritts – duncritts[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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Denny (Yen Wen) Wang – wang883[at]wisc.edu


I am interested in all aspect of fungi, but particularly host-fungi interaction. I want to use bioinformatics to decipher the genomic cause and result of ectomycorrhizal mutualism and fungal host specificity. I am also considering using genetic approaches to understand the mechanism of mutualism.

Savannah Gentry – sgentry[at]wisc.edu


New to the Pringle lab, I am interested in various facets of pathogenic fungi: their evolution, ecology, host interactions, etc. I am primarily drawn to their interactions with animal hosts on both a molecular and behavioral level; I will be focusing on Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola that targets snakes.

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(Samantha) Lynn Harrow – harrow2[at]wisc.edu


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Pringle lab in the Department of Botany at UW-Madison. My primary interests are the ecology and biochemistry of plant/fungal secondary compounds. My current research focuses on the biosynthesis and population genomics of toxins in Amanita phalloides.

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Yishai Barak – ybarak[at]wisc.edu


I am a first year Master's student in the Pringle Lab. My primary interests are beneficial microbes & fungi and their mutualistic interactions with their hosts. My current research is investigating the differences in mycorrhizal colonization of burr oak in urban and rural settings.

William Mao – wmao24[at]wisc.edu


I am an undergraduate student at UW-Madison. I am interested in a variety of topics including genetics, species distribution, and the evolutionary history of fungi. I am also interested in invasive fungal species and what risks they might pose to native ecosystems. I am currently focused on helping Denny with species distribution modeling.

Reinhard Kessenich – rkkessenich[at]wisc.edu


Reinhard is an undergraduate student interested in fungal dispersal. He is currently helping Jacob conduct experiments on spore resilience to atmospheric conditions.

Hannah Vanderscheuren – hvanderscheu[at]wisc.edu


Hanna is an undergraduate working with Nora.

Milo Chiu – mchiu4[at]wisc.edu


I am an undergraduate botany and horticulture major working on my senior thesis in the Pringle lab. My interests center primarily around fungal ecology and physiology and my research is focused on examining relationships between growth and sporulation rates in existing mycological literature.

Griffith Emerson – gemerson[at]wisc.edu

I am an undergraduate student at the UW, majoring in Botany and English. My interests include genetics and philosophy of fungi, with an emphasis on phylogenetics and trophic cascades. I am currently working with Lynn on genetic variation across populations of A. phalloides and A. muscaria.

The Distributed Team

Grant Morton – wmorton[at]wisc.ed


Grant is especially interested in the germination of North American orchid seeds, and the role of fungi in orchid seed germination. He hopes that his research will allow for the propagation and reintroduction of endangered orchids back into the wild. He was a student and lecturer at Illinois College for several years, and earned his MS degree at Southern Illinois University. The title of my dissertation is Conservation of North America’s native Vanilla species: Population genetics, in vitro seed germination, red listing, and demographics, and is currently in development.

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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