April 2014

Romina Maglia Sánchez’s visa was approved!  She will be visiting the Miller Mycology Lab from June–August 2014 and will be able to present her research at MSA.

Vince won a 2014-2015 University of Illinois Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship!

Jason presented the results of his undergraduate research as a poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 13-18.

August 2013

Roger Fagner Ribeiro Melo arrived in August and will spend the next 6 months working in the Miller Mycology Lab conducting his Brazilian Doctoral Sandwich funded through the Brazilian government (Cnpq).

Yasmina Marín Félix arrived in August and will spend 2 months working in the Miller Mycology Lab learning systematics of wood-inhabiting ascomycetes.

Andy, Vince and Dan all gave presentations at the APS-MSA meeting in Austin, TX from August 10-14.

April 2013

Andy attended the Panama-USA Dimensions of Biodiversity Workshop in Gamboa, Panama on April 9-10, 2013.

Steve Zelski received a short fellowship from the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil where he spent two weeks at INPA training mycologists on how to collect freshwater ascomycetes in the Rio Negro, Rio Solimões, Rio Amazonas, as well as palm swamps and smaller tributaries in the region. In addition, Steve demonstrated procedures for species identification, isolation and pure culturing. While at INPA, Steve delivered a talk entitled “Tropical Freswater Ascomycetes” to the Mycology Department in the first week and to the Botany Department in the second week of his stay.

Vince Hustad won the Francis M. and Harlie M. Clark Research Support Grant in SIB – great job, Vince!

March 2013

Andy presented a talk on “Mushroom of Illinois” at the annual meeting of the Sinnissippi Audubon Society in Rockford, IL on March 13, 2013.

October 2012

Vince Hustad won a University of Illinois Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant for $5000 to collect specimens in New Zealand – Congratulations Vince!

Steve Zelski won runner-up for best post-prelim poster at the annual Plant Biology Fall Welcome event on September 22, 2012 held at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The poster entitled “Species Richness and Distribution Patterns of Freshwater Ascomycetes Along An Altitudinal Gradient in the Peruvian Andes” was co-authored by Carol A. Shearer, Huzefa A. Raja, and Andrew N. Miller, and highlighted recent research conducted in the Amazon and the Andes.

Tiffany Bone will join the Miller Lab as the Herbarium Assistant on October 1.  She will be digitizing 100,000 specimens of lichens, bryophytes and macrofungi as part of the LBCCand MaCC TCNs through the NSF ADBC program.