From Death Comes Life  

Integrating disease ecology, mycology, and community ecology, our lab explores the nature and outcomes of plant-microbe interactions, as well as the ecology and epidemiology of fungal pathogens of tropical trees, using a combination of surveys and experiments in the forest, greenhouse, and lab.

Featured publications

Spear, E. R. and K. D. Broders. 2021. Host-generalist fungal pathogens of seedlings may maintain forest diversity via host-specific impacts and differential susceptibility among tree species. New Phytologist 231: 460-474.

Forrister, D.L., Endara, M., Soule, A.J., Younkin, G.C., Mills, A.G., Lokvam, J., et al. 2022. Diversity and Divergence: Evolution of secondary metabolism in the tropical tree genus Inga. New Phytol., 631–642.

Spear, E. R. 2017. Phylogenetic relationships and spatial distributions of putative fungal pathogens of seedlings across a rainfall gradient in Panama. Fungal Ecology 26: 65-73.