People

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Principal Investigators


Terry W. Henkel, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521 USA
Email: twh5@humboldt.edu
Website and Henkel CV


Rytas Vilgalys, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biology
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708, USA
Email: fungi@duke.edu
Website


Matthew E. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Pathology
University of Florida
Gainesville FL 32611, USA
lab phone: (352) 273-2837
Email: trufflesmith@ufl.edu
Website

Collaborating Taxonomists


M. Catherine Aime
Louisiana State University
Systematics of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic macrofungi. 12 years field experience in Guyana.


H. David Clarke
UNC – Asheville
Collaborating field botanist.
16 years field experience in the Guianas. Over 12,000 numbered collections!


Steven L. Miller
University of Wyoming
Systematics of Russulaceae and gasteroid fungi. Pioneered the first expedition to the Upper Potaro Basin in 2000. Holding the enigmatic sclerodermoid fungus Tremellogaster surinamensis E. Fisch.


P. Brandon Matheny
University of Tennessee
Systematics of Inocybaceae
Has described 9 new species and 3 new distribution records for Inocybe from Guyana.


Jessie K. Uehling
Duke University
PhD Program in Genomics.
Systematics of Clavulinaceae. Five years fieldwork experience in Guyana.

Field Research Associates


Mimi Chin
All-around specimen and data collector, and field logistics manager. 20 years field experience in Guyana!


Piakai Henkel
Specimen collector, hunter, fisher, and professional footballer! 16 years field experience in Guyana.


Michael Pilkington
UK-based world-class mushroom photographer.


Michael Joyce
US-based videographer.

Current Graduate Students


Dillon Husbands
University of Guyana
MSc Candidate
Thesis: Systematics of Boletaceae from the Guiana Shield. Innumerable expeditions in Guyana.


Arthur C. Grupe II
Humboldt State University

MSc Candidate

Thesis: Systematics of novel taxa of Agaricomycetes from the Guiana Shield. Two expeditions to Guyana so far.

Current Undergraduate Students


Janina Dierks (left)
Undergraduate research: New taxa and distribution records for Cantharellaceae from Guyana. Currently graduate student at Boise State University.


Shawnee Gowan
Undergraduate research: field surveys and taxonomy of Cantharellaceae from Guyana, French Guiana, Venezuela, and Brazil. One expedition to Guyana so far.

Amerindian Parataxonomists


Christopher Andrew
Kanawapai, Upper Ireng River
18 years experience in biodiversity research expeditions.


Francino Edmund
Sand Hill, Upper Ireng River
19 years experience in biodiversity research expeditions.


Luciano Edmond
Kanawapai, Upper Ireng River
19 years experience in biodiversity research expeditions.


Peter Joseph
Kanawapai, Upper Ireng River
8 years experience with biodiversity research expeditions.


Leonard Williams
Cipo, Upper Ireng River
21 years experience with biodiversity research expeditions.

Former Graduate Students


Jordan Mayor
MSc, Humboldt State University (2005). Thesis: Ectomycorrhizal influences on leaf litter decomposition in monodominant Dicymbe corymbosa forests of Guyana. PhD, University of Florida (2010), currently post-doc at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Forest Ecology & Management, Sweden. Website


Lance Woolley
MSc, Humboldt State University (2006). Thesis: Potential adaptive significance of reiteration in the tropical monodominant tree, Dicymbe corymbosa.


Rebecca Degagne
MSc, Humboldt State University (2009). Thesis: Estimating distribution of Dicymbe monodominant forests in Guyana using remote sensing (advisor: Steve Steinberg). Current: lecturer in GIS, Humboldt State University.


Tara Fulgenzi
MSc, Humboldt State University (2009). Thesis: Systematics of Boletaceae from the Pakaraima Mountains of Guyana.


Jessie K. Uehling
MSc, Humboldt State University, (2012). Thesis: Systematics of Clavulina (Clavulinaceae, Cantharellales, Basidiomycota) from the Guiana Shield.

Former Undergraduate Students

Luke Henault
Heather Mehl
Ryan Meszaros
Ben Hart
Louis Kennedy