Anne Pringle

Associate Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

Phone: 617-496-9707
Office: 3103 BioLabs, 16 Divinity Ave

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I am interested in the biology of species whose life histories and body plans seem very different from our own. DNA technologies have facilitated an explosion of knowledge related to the diversity, biogeography, and autecologies of fungi. These species encompass a heterogeneous array of both microbes and macrobes, and the Pringle laboratory uses fungi as tools to test and elucidate general principles of ecology and evolution. Currently I am exploring how ecological forces shape fungal associations with plants, and I am also interested in fungal conservation biology and the biomechanics of fungal movements. Specific questions focus on how symbioses reform as fungi move across landscapes, the impacts of an invasive mushroom on local biodiversity, and the demography of modular species.

Recent Publications

Pringle, A., E. C. Vellinga. 2006. Last chance to know? Using literature to explore the biogeography and invasion biology of the death cap mushroom Amanita phalloides (Vaill. Ex Fr. :Fr) Link. Biological Invasions 8: 1131-1144.

Adams, R. I., H. E. Hallen, A. Pringle. 2006. Using the incomplete genome of the ectomycorrhizal fungus Amanita bisporigera to identify molecular polymorphisms in the related Amanita phalloides. Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 218-220.

Gilchrist, M.A., D.L. Sulsky, A. Pringle. 2006. Identifying fitness and optimal life-history strategies for an asexual filamentous fungus. Evolution 60(5): 970-979.

Schwartz, M.W., J.D. Hoeksema, C.A. Gehring, N.C. Johnson, J.N. Klironomos, L.K. Abbott, A. Pringle. 2006. The promise and the potential consequences of the global transport of mycorrhizal fungal inoculum. Ecology Letters 9: 501-515.

Pringle, A., S. N. Patek, M. Fischer, J. Stolze, N. P. Money. 2005. The captured launch of a ballistospore. Mycologia 97: 866-871.

Pringle, A., D. M. Baker, J. L. Platt, J. P. Wares, J. P. Latge, J. W. Taylor. 2005. Cryptic speciation in the cosmopolitan and clonal human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. Evolution 59: 1886-1899.

Rowe A.R., A. Pringle. 2005. Morphological and molecular evidence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal associations in Costa Rican epiphytic bromeliads. Biotropica 37: 245-250.

Pringle A., J.W. Taylor. 2002. Understanding the fitness of filamentous fungi. Trends in Microbiology 10: 474-481.

Courses Taught

OEB 54: Biology of the Fungi
OEB 278: Ecological Genetics


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