Dr. Betsy Arnold
Endophytic fungi play important roles not only in biodiversity but also in biocontrol for agriculture. It is known that plant species influence the composition of endophyte communities, but the species turnover of endophytic fungi under local/global climate change is largely unknown. My research focuses on the relationships between endophytic fungal community and climate change in boreal forests. In my first year of research I am linking endophyte communities of boreal forest trees to tree-ring analyses, and using next-generation amplicon sequencing methods to evaluate geographic distributions of endophytes in wild plants.