Pringle Laboratory, Anne Pringle

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  • Gabriel Amselem

    Gabriel's research explored the evolution of mycelial network architectures in response to environmental constraints. He's currently pursuing microfluidics projects at the LadHyX laboratory, École Polytechnique, Paris.

    Gabriel Amselem
  • Primrose Boynton at pboynton[at]

    Primrose focuses on microbial dispersal and interactions between dispersal and competition in natural communities. At Harvard, she used the communities of yeasts living in pitchers of the carnivorous plant Sarracenia pursuer as a model. Primrose graduated in summer 2012, and is now a post-doctoral scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology at Plön.

  • Rebecca Compton

    Harvard College Class of 2010

    As an undergraduate, Becky documented patterns of lichen biodiversity loss in urban habitats. She went on to explore speciation in Solanum sect. Lycopersicon (tomato plants) as a technician at Indiana University. Becky plans to apply her background in ecology and evolutionary biology to the study of human health, and in 2012 Becky began medical school at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.

    Rebecca Compton
  • Hugh Cross
  • Hugh is interested in the evolution of plants and fungi, and their distributions in space and time. In our lab he developed techniques to co-extract fungi and plants from soils and other mixed substrates, as well as study their co-evolution. His research drew on his prior experience establishing an ancient DNA facility in Leiden, The Netherlands. In May 2008 Hugh moved to a position with the Department for Environment and Heritage at the State Herbarium of South Australia.


  • Kristi Ann Fenstermacher

    Harvard College class of 2008

    As an undergraduate, Kristi established protocols to digitally image lichens. Kristi left us to spend the summer chasing lizards with the Losos lab, then chased genes at the Harvard Medical School, and is now a graduate student in the Plant Pathology Department at Penn State.

  • Sasha Mushegian

    Harvard College class of 2010

    In the Pringle laboratory, Sasha focused on describing bacterial communities within lichens, working closely with Celeste Peterson. After graduation she worked at the Evolutionary Biology Centre in Uppsala, Sweden. Sasha's now pursuing a Ph.D. at the Universität Basel, exploring the Daphnia microbiome with Dieter Ebert's group.

    Sasha Mushegian
  • Sam Perez

    Harvard College class of 2011

    Sam's research focused on the diversity of decomposer fungi, the impacts of global change on biodiversity, and adaptation of fungi to disturbed ecosystems. The research included field work, and morphological and molecular analyses. Sam's now working towards a Ph.D. in Plant Biology at Michigan State University.

    Joerg Fritz
  • Celeste Peterson
  • Celeste's primary focus is bacterial genetics, but in the Pringle laboratory she tackled the community ecology of bacteria using both lichens and the carnivorous plant Sarracenia purpurea as models.She is now an Assistant Professor at Suffolk University.


  • Franck Richard
  • Franck's research involves the diversity, ecology and role of fungi in natural ecosystems. At Harvard, he explored both fusion between fungal individuals and the symbiosis between the invasive species Amanita phalloides and North American forest trees. Franck moved to a position at the Université de Montpellier (France) in December 2006.

    Franck Richard

  • Marcus Roper

    Marcus is a fluid dynamicist interested in the physics of fungal spore launch and dispersal, particularly in ascomycetes. Marcus spent a year doing post-doctoral research here and is now an Assistant Professor at UCLA.

    Marcus Roper
  • Karla Sartor

    Karla worked with us to establish lots of our standard protocols, and is now a Conservation Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico.

  • Julie Shapiro

    Harvard College class of 2010

    Julie's research explored fungal diversity in caves. After graduation she worked in Israel, then Hungary, and is now using a Fulbright scholarship to study bats in Brazil.

    Julie Shapiro
  • Benjamin E. Wolfe

    In the Pringle Lab, Ben's research interests were in the ecological and evolutionary links between above-ground and below-ground biota. He was specifically interested in how plants and soil fungi interact in natural environments at the population- and community levels of biological organization. He was also interested in human perceptions and valuations of the hidden biodiversity of soils. Ben is now in the Dutton Lab at the Harvard FAS Center for Systems Biology.

    Ben Wolfe
  • Jessica Soon Ok Worl

    Harvard College class of 2008

    Jessica did a lot of different things for us, including field work and molecular biology. Jess is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Policy with a focus on environmental policy and international development, at the University of Michigan.

    Jessica Soon Ok Worl
  • Junling Zhang

    Junling's research focuses on the role of AM fungi in conferring tolerance to plants experiencing abiotic and biotic stresses. Junling was a visiting scholar from China Agricultural University, and stayed in Anne's lab for one year.

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