Gerald M. Cobian

PhD Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa

NSF Graduate Research Fellow


I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Botany Department, advised by Dr. Anthony Amend. I have a very broad interest in fungi, but for my dissertation research focuses on foliar endophytic fungi (FEF). 

The goal of my dissertation research will be to elucidate the community assembly of FEF of native Hawaiian eudicot plants. To do this, I first plan to identify the FEF of numerous native Hawaiian plant and examine how the communities change across environmental gradients and across the Hawaiian Archipelago. Additionally, I will experimentally determine the underlying factors that cause FEF communities to change across dramatic gradients of the Hawaiian Islands.

My undergraduate degree was in Genetics and Plant Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, I worked in the Bruns Lab under Dr. Nhu Nguyen on the phylogeography of the fungal genus Pluteus in northern California.