Welcome to Dr. R. Greg Thorn's Home Page
Western University, Canada
Department of Biology
Fungal ecology and systematics
- Phylogenetic systematics and ecology
Phylogenetic relationships of litter- and wood-decaying basidiomycetes and the evolution of various nutritional modes: wood decay types, ectomycorrhizae, and parasitism of bacteria, nematodes and other microfauna
Home Page [some links are gone but will return soon]
- Keys to Nematophagous fungi
Discovering some of the "missing" fungal diversity (the difference between the approximately 300,000 species of fungi described to date and the 1,500,000 which have been speculated to exist)
Determining the functional significance of fungal diversity in litter decay and the soil ecosystem
- MOCAT: A Tropical Microbial Observatory on Caterpillars:
MOCAT web page
(Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation,
- Nematode-destroying fungi of Costa Rica (Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation,
- Effects of different disturbance regimes, including different agronomic treatments such as till and no-till practices, on fungal diversity and the effects of these changes on ecosystem function
- Basidiomycete diversity in agricultural and forest soils
- Soil aggregation by russuloid basidiomycetes
Biology of the Fungi (BIO-3218G, January-April 2013) [Official course web-site is accessed through
Microbial Ecology (BIO-9440B, January-April 2013) [Official course web-site is accessed through
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)
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
to view other OUPFB field courses.
Save valuable pieces of Costa Rican tropical forest
: an urgent appeal for funds for the Rincon Rainforest
Save the Rincon Rainforest
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
Some Useful Links
Area de Conservación Guanacaste Home Page
Organization for Tropical Studies Home Page
INBio Home Page
(Instito Nacional de Biodiversidad)
: the journal
Revista de Biología Tropical
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
(PhD student; Systematics of
and the cyphelloid Resupinateae) 09/2007--
(PhD student; Climate change effects on fungal communities in peat) 01/2013--
(4th year student; Fungi in roots of black ash and showy ladyslipper orchid) 09/2012--
(4th year student; Cantharellus species of Newfoundland) 09/2012--
(4th year student; Lichen communities on Norway Maples in London) 09/2012--
Some Former students:
(MSc student; Agaricomycetes in tilled and untilled agricultural soils) 09/2010-08/2012. Now a PhD student at University of Toronto (Scarborough).
(4th year student;
on hardwoods in North America) 09/2011-04/2012
(MSc student; Diversity of Agaricomycetes in agricultural soils) 01/2004-04/2009. Now a Biology lab coordinator at the University of Alberta.
(4th year student;
from Newfoundland) 09/2010-04/2011. Now pursuing her MSc in microbiology at UBC.
(NSERC USRA student and volunteer;
and other interesting agarics) 09/2010--.
(4th year student; Basidiomycetes from New Brunswick Bats) 09/2010-04/2011.
(MSc student; Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in tallgrass prairies) 09/2008-04/2011. Now pursuing his PhD with
Dr. Shiva Singh
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
to see the paper (pdf).
(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)
(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
in Newfoundland) 01/2010-04/2011. Now teaching high school science.
Last update: 5 February 2013
Created and maintained by R. Greg Thorn