Farewell to Manfred Binder, 6/1/12

After twelve years, Manfred Binder is leaving Clark to take up a new position at the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, which is one of the world’s leading centers of mycology. At CBS, Manfred will join the group of Pedro Crous and will continue research on fungal taxonomy and phylogenetics, but with a focus on Dothideomycetes.

Manfred joined my lab in January, 2000, during my very first year at Clark. Manfred was instrumental in establishing our research program—I can’t imagine what we would have done without him. Subsequently, he became the de facto lab manager, and played an important role in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Manfred, Zheng Wang and Amanda Little in our old lab in the Sackler Science Center, 2000.

Manfred’s work in my lab led to 31 papers that we published together, as well as a number of independent articles on which I am not a coauthor. Our first paper concerned phylogenetic relationships of cyphelloid basidiomycetes (which are obscure, even for Fungi) and the origins of marine mushrooms. Our most recent projects are in comparative genomics. I am deeply grateful to Manfred Binder for his years of service and friendship, and I wish him nothing but success at CBS.

From Binder, M., and D. S. Hibbett. 2001. Phylogenetic relationships of the marine gasteromycete Nia vibrissa. Mycologia 93: 679-688. Also see: Hibbett, D. S., and M. Binder. 2001. Evolution of marine mushrooms. Biological Bulletin 201: 319-322; and: Binder, M., D. S. Hibbett, Z. Wang, and W. Farnham. 2006. Evolutionary origins of Mycaureola dilseae, a basidiomycete pathogen of the subtidal red alga Dilsea carnosa. American Journal of Botany 93: 547-556.

Going-away party for Manfred and Margit Binder, 5/13/12. Front, left to right: Andy Wilson, Brian Seitzman, Manfred, Alexis Carlson, Darcy Young, Laszlo Nagy. Back: me, Mitchell Nuhn, Dimitris Floudas, Zheng Wang, Alfredo Justo, Dylan Glotzer, Jaya Seelan.

Manfred Binder circa 2003.

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