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Lab group 2013

A representative sample of the Arnold lab, collected in August 2013:
L-R, back row:  Anyangatia Ndobegang, Jorge Ramos, Jana U'Ren, Thomas Gleason, Kayla Arendt, James Devore, Celine Bui.
Front row
: Betsy Arnold, Joe Myers, Chantelle Khambholja, Justin Shaffer, Kayla Garcia, Yu-Ling Huang. Not pictured: Wes MacDonald

Together we study ecological and evolutionary aspects of plant-fungal symbioses. Using classic microbiological methods, ecological sampling techniques, molecular tools, and the robust framework of phylogenetic biology, we aim to understand the scope of fungal biodiversity, the ecological roles and evolutionary importance of cryptic microfungi, and the evolution of symbiotic lifestyles across the fungal tree of life. Our field sites range from Arctic tundra to lowland rainforests, and our interests range from bacterial symbionts of fungi to the effects of soilborne molds on tropical forest dynamics. Our diverse projects are united by a passion for organismal biology and our interdisciplinary approach to addressing biological questions.


Our many homes:


School of Plant Sciences
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium
The University of Arizona

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Contact us:

Dr. A. Elizabeth (Betsy) Arnold
Associate Professor, School of Plant Sciences
Division of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Curator, Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium

The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Email: arnold@ag.arizona.edu