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Forest Pathology and Mycology

M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

conservation biology

Forest pathology and mycology trains students to understand tree diseases and fungi from the perspective of basic biology and ecology as well as that of societal needs.

This requires global understanding of the positive and negative ecological roles of diseases in the forest environment. It requires a broad knowledge of fungi, viruses, bacteria and abiotic environmental factors affecting forest systems. It also requires sophisticated application of molecular biology, physiology and genetics to host pathogen systems. Areas of interest include environmental, fungal and viral tree diseases; mycorrhizae; wood decay; monitoring and impact assessment of disease in forest and urban tree systems; epidemiology of tree diseases and the genetics of resistance to tree diseases and pathogen variability; molecular biology and physiology of fungus infection and invasion; and taxonomy and ecology of fungi.

Participating Faculty

  • Lawrence P. Abrahamson; labrahamson@esf.edu
    entomology, pathology, pesticides, vegetation management, forest insects
  • John D. Castello; jdcastello@esf.edu
    plant virology, viruses and mycoplasma in urban and forest tree decline, forest pathology, microbiology, insect vectors
  • Danilo D. Fernando; dfernando@esf.edu
    plant structure and development, reproductive biology of conifers, pollen transformation, genomics and proteomics of pine pollen tube development, willow flowering and tissue culture, genetic diversity of rare and endangered ferns, and plant evolution, diversity and conservation.
  • Hyatt Green; hgreen@esf.edu
    Molecular Microbial Ecology, Microbial Water Quality, Microbial Biogeography, Host-Microbe Co-evolution, Fermentation Microbiology
  • Thomas R. Horton; trhorton@esf.edu
    mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
  • William A. Powell; wapowell@esf.edu
    forest biotechnology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, genetic engineering in plant conservation, antimicrobial peptide design, plant gene design, plant pathology, molecular biology
  • Alexander Weir; aweir@esf.edu
    conservation mycology, fungal biodiversity and conservation, fungal-arthropod interactions, biology of parasites and symbionts, systematics and evolutionary biology of fungi, fungi and humans, biology of parasites and symbionts

Current Graduate Students in Forest Pathology and Mycology


Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Matthew DaRin

Forest Pathology & Mycology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir

Aimee Hudon

Aimee Hudon

Forest Pathology & Mycology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton
Undergraduate Institute: Massachusetts College of Liber (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Mycorrhizal fungal colonies associated with scrub oak on the Albany Pine Barrens

Benjamin Zink

Forest Pathology & Mycology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Weir