Fungal Ecology


UH Mycology, Department of Botany, University of Hawaii Manoa

The Hynson Lab for Community Ecology is located in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Our lab is on the second floor in the Life Sciences 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, evolution 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, Associate Professor in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center 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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Pacific Biosciences Research Center

University of Hawaii

Big Congrats to lab member Kacie!

Big Congrats to lab member Kacie!

Kacie has been an undergraduate research assistant in the lab for 4 years and is starting her Master’s this fall....

We’re hiring postdocs!

We’re hiring postdocs!

The Hynson Lab and Medeiros Lab (http://www.medeiros-hui.com/) are hiring two new postdoctoral positions to work on a recently funded National...

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UH News Feature

  UH News featured our recent award from the National Science Foundation to understand how microbiomes govern food web architecture...

Congratulations and a hui hou to Lab Member Francisca!

Congratulations and a hui hou to Lab Member Francisca!

A big congrats to lab member Francisca Rodriguez who just completed her MSc degree working on our plant microbiome manipulation...

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