Maine Chytrid Laboratory


Joyce E. Longcore. Joyce received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1960 and worked during the following year for Professor F.K. Sparrow, eminent student of the zoosporic fungi. She then attended Indiana University under the direction of Sparrow's former Ph.D. student, Robert Johns. Longcore received a Masters of Arts and returned to Ann Arbor to work for Professor Sparrow before marrying in 1964. After marriage, she worked for Sparrow from the University of Maryland laboratory of another of his former students, Robert Paterson. She then became a full-time housewife and mother until beginning graduate school at the University of Maine in 1984. Dr. Richard Homola, student of Alexander Smith and a specialist of Basidiomycetes, was her major professor while she pursued a Ph.D. studying chytrids. She received her doctorate in 1991 and was fortunate in being allowed to maintain space in the then Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Currently she is an Associate Research Professor in the School of Biology & Ecology, where she studies zoosporic fungi and maintains cultures of diverse chytrids plus isolates of the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (see story in UMaine Today).

Marilyn MolliconeMarilyn R.N. Mollicone See biography.

PorterDavid Porter, emeritus University of Georgia, lab associate.

D. Rabern Simmons, graduate student. Rabern is a graduate of the University of Virginia's college at Wise. He began a master's degree program in January of 2005 at the University of Maine and received his degree in May of 2007. His thesis was: "Systematics of the Lobulomycetales, a new order within the Chytridiomycota." Rabern is now enrolled in a Ph.D. program supported by the NSF PEET program. Among other projects, he will be working on the Powellomyces-clade of the Spizellomycetales.

RebeccaRebecca Steiger, undergraduate major in Animal Science and Student Laboratory Technician helps us keep the chytrid culture collection going.

EmilyEmily Michaud, former undergraduate Student Laboratory Technician cryopreserved the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis isolates.

Seth Enos, former Student Laboratory Technician. Seth graduated in May 2007 with majors in Botany and in Horticulture. He worked in the lab from his first semester at the University of Maine and was an invaluable help.


Chytrid Colleagues at MSA 2006

Left to right: Scott Wakefield , the University of Alabama; Kathryn Picard , UA; Allen Meyer, University of Colorado Boulder; Martha Powell UA; Rabern Simmons, UM; Seth Enos, UM; Joyce Longcore, UM and Peter Letcher, UA.




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