A. Elizabeth (Betsy) Arnold

Professor and Curator, RLG Mycological Herbarium - The School of Plant Sciences, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics GIDP
822D Marley
(520) 344-2327 / (520) 626-1035 (Lab)

Educational Background

  • BS, Biology, Duke University
  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the University of Arizona
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbial Biology, Duke University

Research Interests

Fungal ecology, evolution, and systematics; the evolution of symbioses

Selected Publications

  • Shaffer, J.S., C. Sarmiento, P.-C. Zalamea, R.E. Gallery, A.S. Davis, D.A. Baltrus, A.E. Arnold. 2016. Diversity, specificity, and phylogenetic relationships of endohyphal bacteria in fungi that inhabit tropical seeds and leaves. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, in press.
  • U’Ren, J.M. and A.E. Arnold. 2016. Diversity, taxonomic composition, and functional aspects of fungal communities in living, senescent, and fallen leaves at five sites across North America. PeerJ, in press.
  • Arendt, K.R., K.L. Hockett, S.J. Araldi-Brondolo, D.A. Baltrus, A.E. Arnold. 2016. Isolation of endohyphal bacteria from foliar fungi and in vitro establishment of their symbiotic associations. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, in press.
  • U’Ren, J.M., J. Miadlikowska, N. Zimmerman, F. Lutzoni, J. Stajich, A.E. Arnold. 2016. Contributions of North American endophytes to the phylogeny, ecology, and taxonomy of the Xylariaceae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 98: 210-232.
  • Huang, Y.-L., M.M.N. Devan, J.M. U’Ren, S.H. Furr, and A.E. Arnold. 2016. Pervasive effects of wildfire on foliar endophyte communities in montane forest trees. Microbial Ecology 71: 452-468.
  • Chagnon, P.-L., J.M. U’Ren, F. Lutzoni, J. Miadlikowska, and A.E. Arnold. 2016. Interaction type influences ecological network structure more than local abiotic conditions: evidence from fungal symbionts at a continental scale. Oecologia 180: 181-191.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PLP 329A, Microbial Diversity (www.uamicrobialdiversity.com)
  • PLP 475/575, Advanced Mycology
  • PLP 596b, 253, Topics in Fungal and Microbial Ecology and Evolution
  • PLP 550, Principles of Plant Microbiology

Areas of Research

  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
  • Microbiology