Fungal Ecology


UH Mycology, Department of Botany, University of Hawaii Manoa

The Hynson Lab for Community Ecology is located in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Our lab is on the fifth floor in the St. John Plant Laboratory Building.

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Research focus

Study of plant and fungal communities

We study the ecology of plant and fungal communities. We are especially interested in the symbiosis between plants and fungi known as mycorrhizae.

Goals of our research

The goals of our research are to: 1) better understand how plant and fungal communities assemble in nature, 2) examine the ecophysiological interactions between plants and their fungal partners, and 3) synthesize how variations in biotic and abiotic conditions alter the ecological outcomes and evolutionary trajectories of plant-fungal interactions.

Our approach

To address these questions, we incorporate field and greenhouse studies with molecular and physiological approaches. We are always open to new collaborations, especially those that involve the ecology and ecophysiology of plants and fungi.

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About Us


The Hynson Lab has been open since 2012. We are a diverse group of scientists with backgrounds ranging from ecology and evolution to computational biology and physiology who are all intrigued by fungi. The Hynson Lab is run by Dr. Nicole Hynson, Assistant Professor of Botany at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

We are strongly committed to achieving excellence through diversity. We work together to combat prejudice and work toward equity and inclusion, within the lab and in the communities with whom we interact – on campus and beyond. 

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Department of Botany

University of Hawaii

Congrats Sherilyn!

Congrats Sherilyn!

Congratulations to Sherilyn on an awesome talk about endemism of the Hawaiian lichen species Cladonia skottsbergii as the culminating experience for...

So long Anna!

So long Anna!

We had the pleasure of hosting Anna Landler (a high school student from Connecticut) for a few weeks this summer...

Welcome Cameron!

Welcome Cameron!

  Welcome to our new Postdoc Dr. Cameron Egan! Cam completed his PhD with John Klironomos at UBC Kelowna and...

Summer field season

Summer field season

We’ve been busy with fieldwork both on the top of Mt. Ka’ala on O’ahu and in the Hakalau Wildlife Preserve...

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