Meet the IMS Executive

Dr. Tom Bruns, UC Berkeley USA
Dr. Tom Bruns, UC Berkeley USAPresident
Professor Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Research and Interests include:
• fungal ecology and systematics
• ectomycorrhizal community ecology, spore banks, and epiparasitic plants
• development of widely used molecular methods.
• past-president of the Mycological Society of America.
• Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Science, and the Mycological Society of America.
• distinguished teaching awards from the College of Natural Resources and the Mycological Society of America.

Dr. Francis Martin, ARBRE, France
Dr. Francis Martin, ARBRE, FranceVice President
Senior Scientist Lab of Excellence ARBRE.

Research and Interests include:
• INRA Laurel Wreath for Excellence for research on tree-microbe interactions and fungal genomics.
• how soil microorganisms drive forest ecosystems through their roles in important soil processes including decomposition and nutrient turnover as well as carbon sequestration.
• interatction of ectomycorrhizal fungi and symbiotic associations with the roots of forest trees
• large-scale comparative genomics of symbiotic, saprotrophic and pathogenic fungi (with U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute)
• leads Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative aiming to identify the genomic features involved in the various mycorrhizal symbiosis.
• metagenomics and metatranscriptomics projects exploring interactions of forest trees with communities of soil fungi impacting carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems.

Dr. Luisa Lanfranco, University of Torino, Italy
Dr. Luisa Lanfranco, University of Torino, ItalySecretary
Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology

Research and Interests Include:

• molecular mechanisms at the basis of the plant-fungus interaction in the arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis.
• genetic diversity of AM fungi and their endosymbiotic bacteria
• mechanisms controlling nutrient uptake and morphogenetic processes in the fungal partner
• systemic effect of the AM symbiosis with emphasis on plant responses to pathogen attacks.

Dr. Miranda Hart, UBCO Canada
Dr. Miranda Hart, UBCO CanadaTreasurer
Assistant Professor, Biology

Research and Interests include:
• use of microbes in sustainable agrosystems and restoration
• community ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizas in undisturbed, natural systems.
• Associate Editor for two peer-reviewed journals and has
• served on the NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships panel (Ecology) (2013-15

Meet the Board of Directors

Dr. Mark Brundett, University of Western Australia, Perth
Dr. Mark Brundett, University of Western Australia, Perth
Senior Ecologist Department of Parks and Wildlife
Adjunct Associate Professor University of Western Australia

Research and Interests include:
• lifelong investigation of interactions between plants and fungi in many different habitats.
• restoring banksia woodlands for threatened birds and orchids in Perth’s urban bushland.
• conservation and diversity of West Australian orchids
• recently published a field guide for West Australian orchids

Dr. Dan Durall, UBCO Canada
Dr. Dan Durall, UBCO Canada
Associate Professor, Biology
Director SARAHS( Species at Risk and Habitat Studies)

Research and Interests include:
• forest mycorrhizal ecology.
• role of mycorrhizal fungi in carbon and nutrient cycling
• effect of forest practices on mycorrhizal fungal populations and communities.
• fungi in forest and wine systems
• determining the structure of fungal networks connecting trees and the strains of yeast responsible for fermentation

Dr. Jan Jansa, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Dr. Jan Jansa, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Senior Researcher Institute of Microbiology Czech Academy of Sciences
Group leader Fungal Biology Group Institute of Microbiology

Research and Interests include:
• function of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses,
• nutrient and carbon tracing between plant and soil by isotopes (radio- and stable),
• synthetic fungal communities,
• quantitative PCR,
• trophic networks in soil,
• competition and cooperation between plants,
• fungi and bacteria in rhizosphere.

Dr. Marcel van der Heijden, Agroscope, Switzerland
Dr. Marcel van der Heijden, Agroscope, Switzerland
Group Leader, Institute for Sustainability Sciences, Agroscope
Professor, Mycorrhizal Ecology, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Research and Interests include:

• impact of mycorrhizal fungal diversity on plant diversity, nutrient cycling and ecosystem functioning.
• applied research for environmental engineers, farmers and policy makers for importance of underground mutualisms and the significance of soil as a resource for agricultural production, environmental sustainability and nature protection.
• multidisciplinary researcher active in ecology, agriculture, biodiversity, molecular ecology, plant microbiome research, molecular cross-talk in mycorrhizal associations, plant sciences, plant nutrition, soil sciences, sustainability and environmental protection.