New students in the lab

Four Clark undergraduates joined the lab this summer. All are supported with grant funds from the National Science Foundation, including Research Experience for Undergraduates supplements.

Vanessa preparing fungal cultures.

Vanessa preparing fungal cultures.

Vanessa Carrasco has been working on the Fisherville mycoremediation project, with our friend and colleague Gene Bernat. Vanessa has been culturing wood-decay fungi to recharge the “mycofiltration” system at Fisherville, and she has also been helping develop a blog about the project. Vanessa, who is from Bolivia, just completed her second year at Clark.

Ethan Goldstein and Sam Kovaka are currently working with PhD student Dimitris Floudas on data-mining from fungal genomes. This work involves collecting datasets of gene families that encode decay-related enzymes, and single-copy genes for organismal phylogenetics. Ethan is about to start his junior year, while Sam just finished his first year at Clark.

Sam (left) and Ethan.

Sam (left) and Ethan.

Joel Simonson (below) is working with PhD student Mitchell Nuhn on the Boletales of Queensland project (Sam and Vanessa have also been engaged in this work).  Joel is about to start his junior year. When not in the lab, he is often on the tennis court at the Dolan Fieldhouse.

Joel

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