My research extracts information from DNA sequences to understand the history and ecology of fungi. This includes generating phylogenies to understand how fungal species are inter-related and to reconstruct how fungal traits changed over time. It also includes generating complete genome sequences and comparing them to understand how much the genes of a fungus control its’ habitat and species interactions. I have focused much of my work on phyla of fungi that are poorly investigated, including investigations on the population genetics on the fungal pathogen involved in global amphibian declines.
- Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 2021
- University of Michigan, Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award, 2015
- Alexopoulos Prize for Outstanding Early-Career Mycologist; Mycology Society of America, 2011
Myers, J. M., A. E. Bonds, R. A. Clemons, N. Thapa, D. R. Simmons, D. Carter-House, J. Ortanez, P. Liu, A. Miralles-Durán, J. E. Longcore, G. M. Bonito, J. E. Stajich, J. W. Spatafora, Y. Chang, L. M. Corrochano, A. Gryganskyi, I. V. Grigoriev, and T. Y. James. (2020). Survey of early-diverging lineages of fungi reveals abundant and diverse mycoviruses. mBio 11: e02027-20. DOI: 10.1128/mBio.02027-20
Schloegel, L. M., L. F. Toledo, J. E. Longcore, S. E. Greenspan, C. A. Viera, M. Lee, S. Zhao, C. Wangen, C. M. Ferreira, M. Hipolito, A. J. Davies, P. Daszak, C. A. Cuomo, and T. Y. James. (2012). Novel, panzootic, and hybrid genotypes of amphibian chytridiomycosis associated with the bullfrog trade. Mol. Ecol. 21: 5162-5177. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05710.x
James, T. Y., F. Kauff, C. Schoch, P. B. Matheny, V. Hofstetter, et al. (2006). Reconstructing the early evolution of the fungi using a six gene phylogeny. Nature 443: 818-822. doi: 10.1038/nature05110.
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