Fungal Systematics and Evolution
Identifying patterns of biological diversity and the underlying processes that create and maintain such patterns are fundamental questions in evolutionary biology. Our research integrates studies of fungal biodiversity and molecular phylogenetic analyses with data from disciplines such as genetics, ecology and geography to address broad questions of how these biological and physical processes interact to drive evolution, especially within the Hawaiian Archipelago and greater Pacific Basin. Our empirical work thus far has focused primarily on the diversity and evolution of understudied groups of both Basidiomycete and Ascomycete fungi. We are also very interested in conservation biology and the roles that both mycology and phylogenetic systematics have to play in this field.
The Perry Laboratory is part of the Biology Department, and the graduate program in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.