HYNSON LAB FOR

COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY  

 
 

We study the ecology of plant and fungal communities. We are especially interested in the symbiosis between plants and fungi known as mycorrhizae. The goals of our research are to: 1) better understand how mycorrhizal plant and fungal communities assemble in nature, 2) examine the ecophysiological interactions between plants and their fungal partners, and 3) synthesize how variations biotic and abiotic conditions alter the ecological outcomes and evolutionary trajectories of plant-fungal interactions.

Welcome to our lab!

Recent News

January

Lots of changes afoot, our lab has moved to the 5th floor of St. John and we also are saying goodbye to lab manager Leah Tooman, a hui ho!


October

Check out Nicole’s recent interview with Gizmodo.com debunking the recent story that went viral about a Hawaiian mushroom with some special qualities :)


September

Check out Nicole’s new article in PLoS one on the effects of nitrogen enrichment on organic N uptake by litter fungi that glow with Quantum Dots!


July

Check out Nicole’s new article in New Phytologist on geographic mosaics of mycorrhizal specificity and partial mycoheterotrophy.


May

We just got back from leading the mushroom inventories for National Geographic’s Bioblitz in Volcano National Park, read all about it here.


You can see a slide show from the Bioblitz here.


April

Congratulations to lab member Jerry Koko for being awarded the NSF GRFP and to lab member Erin Datlof for being awarded the Wilder Endowment Fellowship!