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Western University, Canada
Department of Biology

Fungal ecology and systematics

My office is in room 3047, Biological & Geological Sciences Building

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FAX: (519) 661-3935

Email: rgthorn@uwo.ca

Mailing Address: Department of Biology, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London, ON N6A 5B7, Canada.
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Current courses
  • Biology of the Fungi (BIO-3218G, January-April 2013) [Official course web-site is accessed through OWL ]
  • Microbial Ecology (BIO-9440B, January-April 2013) [Official course web-site is accessed through OWL ]
  • Flora and Vegetation of Ontario (BIO-2404, to be offered next in Intersession, May to June 2014)
  • Evolution of Plants (BIO-3404F, offered next in September-December 2014)
Former courses
  • Evolution & Ecology section of Biology for Science I (BIO-1001A, October-December 2010)
  • Plants as a Human Resource (BIO-2217b)
  • Environmental Biology (BIO-2485b)
  • Flora and Vegetation of Algonquin Park, an Ontario Universities' Program in Field Biology field course. Click here to view other OUPFB field courses.

Costa Rica


Save valuable pieces of Costa Rican tropical forest : an urgent appeal for funds for the Rincon Rainforest

  • Save the Rincon Rainforest page (a large file with text, maps and photos, updated 8 April 2008)
  • Note: In Canada, people can make a tax deductible donation to Rincon Rainforest Fund/Tropical Conservancy and send it to Tropical Conservancy, 94 Four Seasons Drive, Nepean, Ontario, K2E 7S1, Canada. This is fully tax-deductible in Canada. See also http://www.tc-biodiversity.org/rincon.htm .

Some Useful Links

Area de Conservación Guanacaste Home Page

Organization for Tropical Studies Home Page

INBio Home Page (Instito Nacional de Biodiversidad)

Biotropica : the journal

Revista de Biología Tropical

Mycology Workshop

We hosted the annual Great Lakes - Saint Lawrence Mycology Workshop at Western on 28-29 April 2012; the meetings this year will be at the Queen's University Biology Station in late April.


Graduate Student Opportunities

Fungal ecology, including plant-fungal, fungal-invertebrate, and fungal-microbial interactions; fungal systematics and phylogeny; fungal diversity and conservation

Current Graduate and Undergraduate Students

  • Jennifer McDonald (PhD student; Systematics of Stigmatolemma and the cyphelloid Resupinateae) 09/2007--
  • Asma Asemaninejad (PhD student; Climate change effects on fungal communities in peat) 01/2013--
  • Zoe Chatzidakis (4th year student; Fungi in roots of black ash and showy ladyslipper orchid) 09/2012--
  • Jee Kim (4th year student; Cantharellus species of Newfoundland) 09/2012--
  • Alexandra Timoshenko (4th year student; Lichen communities on Norway Maples in London) 09/2012--

    Some Former students:

  • Jessie Wong (MSc student; Agaricomycetes in tilled and untilled agricultural soils) 09/2010-08/2012. Now a PhD student at University of Toronto (Scarborough).
  • Madeline Robson (4th year student; Auricularia on hardwoods in North America) 09/2011-04/2012
  • Barbara Bahnmann (MSc student; Diversity of Agaricomycetes in agricultural soils) 01/2004-04/2009. Now a Biology lab coordinator at the University of Alberta.
  • Morgan Barber (4th year student; Auricularia from Newfoundland) 09/2010-04/2011. Now pursuing her MSc in microbiology at UBC.
  • Rachel Beretta (NSERC USRA student and volunteer; Inocybe and other interesting agarics) 09/2010--.
  • Megan DeMille (4th year student; Basidiomycetes from New Brunswick Bats) 09/2010-04/2011.
  • Aniruddho Hoque (MSc student; Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in tallgrass prairies) 09/2008-04/2011. Now pursuing his PhD with Dr. Shiva Singh
  • Alexandra Koziak (MSc student; Nematoctonus in Costa Rica) 09/2003-03/2006, has moved on to teaching in Calgary
  • Dr. Michael Lynch (MSc student; Impacts of tillage on soil basidiomycetes) 09/2002-12/2004, has completed his PhD in the lab of Dr. Kirsten Muller at the University of Waterloo. Co-winner of the Canadian Botanical Association 2007 Luella Weresub Award for best Canadian student paper in mycology published in 2006 , based on the first paper from his MSc work. Click here to see the paper (pdf).
  • Holly Stover (NSERC - USRA and 4th year thesis student; Importance of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to plant diversity in tallgrass prairies) 05/2009-08/2010 (has moved on to her MSc at the University of Alberta)
  • Mirjam Urb (MSc student; Fungi associated with caterpillars in Costa Rica) 09/2003-01/2006, has moved on to her PhD in the lab of Dr. Don Sheppard at McGill University in Montreal
  • Cassia Vilneff (MSc student; Cantharellus in Newfoundland) 01/2010-04/2011. Now teaching high school science.

Last update: 5 February 2013
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