I am an Associate Professor of Mycology in the Department of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University. I teach four classes, do research on pathogenic fungi, and direct the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium. That keeps me pretty busy.
Cornell is an exciting place to work. Fungi have been studied here since the late 1800s, so Cornell is very rich in mycology resources. However, despite over 120 years of mycology, new species and genera are still to be found in the Ithaca landscape.
Work in my lab focuses on the systematics and ecology of fungi, especially insect pathogens and spoilage molds. We use modern molecular and classical morphological approaches to understand fungal relationships and make inferences about how they have evolved. We are good at alpha-taxonomy, the branch of systematics in which organisms are described for the first time, given names, and placed on their rightful branches in the tree of life. Although it's rare to find a new species or genus of mammal or bird these days, we think that over 90% of fungal species have never been described. There's a surprisingly vast and interesting taxonomic frontier in mycology.
Dr. Kathie T. Hodge
It's hard not to be impressed by the incredible diversity and efficiency of fungi. This gallery provides a glimpse into my strange world.
Things that impressed us so much we were tempted to write about them.
Satisfying, and good exercise for the brain. I have taught a number of delightfully fungusy classes to very different audiences.
Our blog covers fungi from every angle. Faculty, staff, and students contribute their writings, aimed at ordinary people with a tendency towards mycophilia.