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Fungal Ecology

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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 and ecophysiology of plants and fungi.

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About Us

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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

New paper in Molecular Ecology on changes in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in a forest restoration project on Hawaii Island

New paper in Molecular Ecology on changes in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in a forest restoration project on Hawaii Island

Check out Postdocs Chris Wall and Cameron Egan’s new paper in Molecular Ecology on how forest restoration on Hawaii Island...

New paper describing a new species of Hawaiian Lepiota

New paper describing a new species of Hawaiian Lepiota

Former MSc student Jeff Stallman from UHH just published a description of a new species of Lepiota – L. punaensis...

Talk on our aerobiota work for JRNLclub by former Postdoc Laura Tipton

Talk on our aerobiota work for JRNLclub by former Postdoc Laura Tipton

Click here to listen to Laura give a short talk on our recent work published in PNAS on fungal aerobiota!

New UH Mycology shirts are in!

New UH Mycology shirts are in!

Who doesn’t love a good mushroom shirt? And this one has clamp-connections in the rainbow to boot! Thanks to our...

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