October 2021 – Team Poplar visits OSU BPP

Professor Rytas Vilgalys and Phd Student Jake Nash visited the Corvallis area to sample poplar associated fungi. While in town we celebrated Professor Jim Trappe’s 90th Birthday together with the mycofam at a distanced outdoor BBQ. Keep on Trufflin yall

September 2021 – US National Parks representative Kelli Daffron visits Uehling lab

Kelli is a Pathways Biological Technician at Lewis & Clark National Historical Park (LEWI) and as a project manager for the North Coast Watershed Association (NCWA), where her work focuses on promoting native biodiversity and water quality monitoring. She visited lab to learn DNA extraction, PCR, and Sanger sequence analyses in pursuit of our shared research goal to better understand ECM diversity in LEWI and Ganoderma population diversity in the PNW.

September 2021 – Uehling lab is hiring a new computational postdoc!!

To apply: Send the following documents to jessie.uehling@oregonstate.edu

One PDF including:

A cover letter

2-page research statement


See more at the following link or below

August 2021 Uehling lab celebrates a new publication

This is an open access review of Coccidioides Biology written by an all female team and highlighting the role of female Cocci researchers in the field. see more on the Current Clinical Microbiology Reports website

April 2021 Welcome to lab Postdoctoral Scholar, Dr. Kevin Amses

Dr. Amses completed his PhD research focused on single cell genomics of the early diverging zygomycete fungi with Dr. Tim James and the University of Michigan. Kevin will join us this fall in the Uehling lab on our Collaborative NSF funded research looking at how fungal endosymbionts shape Mucoromycota populations. You can connect with Kevin via his LinkedIn or on Twitter. Welcome Kevin!!

March 2021 Congratulations to new Masters student & fellowship recipient Brandon Stairs!!

Brandon Stairs will join the Uehling lab this fall as a Masters student and Research Assistant funded by the merit bases BPP Diversity Fellowship. His research will center around the influence Mucoromycota endosymbionts have on their fungal hosts’ functional niche space occupation capacity. Congratulations Brandon, we are thrilled to have you in lab!!

March 2021 Welcome to lab, PhD student Kyle Mondron!!

Kyle Mondron will continue his excellent research as a PhD student in the Uehling lab. His research will focus on the effects of endosymbionts on fungal mating and the resulting implications for fungal population genomic diversity! Welcome and Congratulations Kyle!!

March 2021 UG researcher Kim Syring accepted to summer REU program

Kimberly Syring has received an invitation to study in the Bioinformatics, Genetics, and Genomic (BiGG) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REEU) program this summer. The program will provide training in bioinformatics and genomic data analyses through programming! The BiGG REEU is further designed to holistically prepare talented, diverse women for graduate programs and careers in bioinformatics, genetics and genomics. Congratulations Kim!!

March 2021 OSC Macrofungal Herbarium research updates

Digital barcodes and scanners now in use for OSC macrofungi To modernize data collection and digitize database information, we utilized a small grant funded by the US Department of Department of Agriculture / Department of the Interior
Forest Service / Bureau of Land Management Interagency Special Status /
Sensitive Species Program (ISSSSP)
and The Biodiversity Research Collective (BRC) to obtain barcode scanners for databasing digitized specimen information. These scanners will enable our barcoding of the macrofungal collection and help us to avoid human error when entering fungal collection accession data into data bases. Modernizing the OSC fungal collection is a gift that will continue giving to future researchers to generations to come. Many thanks to the BRC!!

New shelf boxes for the macrofungi To increase OSC infrastructure quality, we used BRC funds to purchase herbarium shelf boxes. We then employed student workers to replace the older boxes. We then standardized the labels on each shelf box, and used the new boxes to decompress parts of the OSC fungal collections which were causing damage to specimens due to overcrowding. We are very grateful for the BRC funding and new infrastructural upgrades!!

Over 6,000 lichen records updated and uploaded to Mycoportal by student researchers led by Claire Whitaker, thanks Claire and all for your awesome efforts! Included in the data were the late Jim Riley’s personal collection, William Dennison’s collections from the early 1950s, and Larry Pike’s collections from the 1970s and 1980s. These collections were based in the Western United States, but included diversity from across the US and around the world.

October 2020- The Trappe-Castellano truffle collection (>50,000 specimens) will be accessioned into the OSC herbarium

Leucangium carthusianum, image from ‘Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation of Truffle Fungi in Forests of the Pacific Northwest’, Trappe et al. 2009

The Oregon State University Fungal Herbarium’s Curator Dr. Jessie Uehling recently received a grant from the United States Forest Service, Northern Research Station to accession over 35,000 truffle fungi into the OSC collection. Oregon State University herbarium already houses approximately 15,000 collections from the Trappe-Castellano herbarium. The fungi were collected, curated, and preserved by world renowned truffle experts Drs. James Trappe and Michael A. Castellano. Joining a long history of OSU scientists and truffle biology field leaders before them, together Drs. Trappe and Castellano collected and described over 1,000 new species and documented over 5,000 additional species from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and New Zealand. There is no greater truffle research resource in the world, and we are honored to care for the Trappe-Castellano collection and make it publicly available to researchers. This grant will enable the employment and training of under-represented minorities in the herbarium and serve as a training ground for the next generation of mycologists.

September 2020- Uehling lab is hiring!! Postdoctoral Research Position in Fungal Endosymbiont Evolutionary Genomics

TO APPLY: attach the following electronic documents to an email to me at Jessie.Uehling@oregonstate.edu. 1) A resume/CV; 2) 2 page Research Interest Statement; 3) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; 4) You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

September 2020- Uehling lab is hiring!! Postdoctoral Research Position in Fungal Endosymbiont Evolutionary Genomics

Job Location: Corvallis Salary: $52,704 Applications Due: October 31st, 2020 Start Date: February 2021

The goal of this research is to investigate how endosymbiotic bacteria (EB) contribute to ecological community assembly and evolutionary diversification of early-divergent fungi in the phylum Mucoromycota. Mucoromycota are ubiquitous soil fungi with global distribution and immense ecological and economical significance. They include obligate plant mutualists (Glomeromycotina) as well as decomposers and root endophytes (Mucoromycotina and Mortiellomycotina). Mucoromycota-EB symbioses are highly coevolved, ancient, and functionally diverse. The understanding of how of and how EB shape global diversity of Mucoromycota is limited. To fill this knowledge gap, we plan to sample similar, physically isolated and leverage culture-independent approaches to test hypotheses concerning the roles of dispersal, abiotic and biotic filtering in shaping Mucoromycota communities. Further we plan to employ culture-dependent methods to evaluate the role of endobacteria in shaping Mucoromycota taxonomic diversification. We will integrate these data, allowing for inferences about the significance of EB in micro- and macroevolution of Mucoromycota.

The objectives of the position are to support research on fungal bacterial interactions in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University. This position will support the lab in 1) Conducting field, lab and computational research projects on bacterial fungal symbioses; 2) Culturing and sequencing microbial diversity including fungi and bacterial symbionts; 3) Surveying the microbial communities through collecting and analyzing molecular data (i.e. DNA/RNA) 4) Developing integrative approaches to study fungal bacterial interactions in in vitro (on plates in lab) and in green house studies in plant based interaction settings; 5) Assisting in lab management, ordering materials, and training. 6) Maintaining laboratory notebooks, protocols and reagents to maximize the efficient use of resources; 7) Maintaining current knowledge of EHS & OSHA safety rules and ensure that all laboratory personnel are informed and aware of all rules and regulations; 8) Generating and analyzing data and contributing writing to scientific manuscripts; 9) provides educational and outreach activities to describe the research to the K-12 level education system in Oregon.

Position Duties

SUMMARY: This position will support the soil microbiology and ecology programs that 1) surveys the microbial communities through collecting and analyzing field samples (i.e. soils and plant biomass); 2) utilizes clearing and competition assays to evaluate the functional repercussions of fungal bacterial symbioses using transcriptomics, metabolomics, and proteomics; 3) develops integrative approaches to analyze several sources of genomics data sets; 4) disseminates the research findings to the public and industries through extension action.

Minimum/Required Qualifications Ph.D. in molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbial ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, or plant-fungal-bacterial interactions. Experience in computational biology, generating genomics data sets, programming preferably in Python and R, Mycology/Bacteriology/Microbiology coursework, field work, and expertise in ecological theory. Preferred (Special) QualificationsStrong writing skills and publication record, public speaking experience, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs such as WORD, EXCEL, and OUTLOOK, knowledge of pacific northwest flora, fungal bacterial interactions experimental design, and microfluidics.

Application Instructions

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents to an email to me at Jessie.Uehling@oregonstate.edu. See more here

1) A resume/CV; 2) 2 page Research Interest Statement; 3) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; 4) You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Jessie Uehling at Jessie.Uehling@oregonstate.edu

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU STANDARD 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement. OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community

September 2020 – OSC receives NSF funding to digitize lichens and bryophytes

PC Richard Droker Risacolia

This project, led by Dr. Jessica Budke, director of the UT Herbarium (TENN) together with co-Principal Investigator Dr. Jessie Uehling colleagues from 25 institutions will image over 1 million lichens and bryophytes and engage countless undergraduate researchers in the OSC herbarium, and we plan to focus on offering opportunities to aid the establishment of underrepresented students in STEM!!

The project, Building a Global Consortium of Bryophytes and Lichens Keystones of Cryptobiotic Communities (GLOBAL), will enable researchers from around the world to access specimen metadata and photos of the plants.

This grant will include several novel technologies including using a Object-to-Image-to-Data approach to read and decipher information from images of specimen labels, and Artificial Intelligence to flag mis-identified specimens. We will then leverage a Crowd Sourced approach via Symbiota to aid in label transcription, providing many opportunities to engage in biodiversity research from home.

Partner Institutions
Academy of Natural Sciences Arizona State University Brigham Young University Duke University Louisiana State University Miami University Michigan State University Missouri Botanical Garden New York Botanical Garden Ohio State University The Field Museum University of Alaska University of California, Berkeley University of Cincinnati University of Colorado University of Florida

August 2020 – Biodiversity Research Collective funds OSC fungal collection!!

The OSC fungal herbarium recently teamed up with the Biodiversity Research Collective, led by Jessie Uehling to curate the macrofungal and lichen collections. We leveraged a small grant to hire talented students who replaced and labeled specimen boxes, formatted >1,200 specimen accessions into public data bases like MycoPortal. They also boxed, moved and reorganized our collection in our new building!! This exciting work will facilitate generations of future research via access to the world renowned OSC fungal collection.

April 2019 – OSU Herbarium gets funding!!

 Leptogium rivale Tuck.

April 2019 Dr. Bruce McCune secures $200,000 in funding for the curation of the OSU lichen collection together with Shirley Tucker. Efforts will be made towards accessioning Drs. Riley and McCune’s collections and in documenting Leptogium (see above) diversity in the Pacific NorthWest. Congrats Bruce and all!!