Dr. Adriana Corrales, is an Assistant Professor at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia and recently joined the mycorrhizal conservation non-profit organization SPUN (Society for the Protection of Underground Networks) as Expeditions Strategy & Planning Lead. Her research integrates fungal community dynamics with ecosystem processes with a particular focus on tropical ectomycorrhizal systems. In addition to her studies in ecology, Dr. Corrales has actively contributed to the discovery of several new tropical species of ectomycorrhizal fungi from Panama and Colombia.
Dr. Corrales completed her Ph.D. in Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Her dissertation focused on studying the ectomycorrhizal associations in a tropical montane forest in Panama. In 2016, Dr. Corrales was awarded the Ewel Postodoctoral Fellowship at the University of Florida where she studied the evolution of ectomycorrhizal associations in tropical Juglandaceae species in the US, Central America and South East Asia.
Dr. Corrales first became interested in fungi in 2003 while working on her undergraduate thesis that focused on the morphology of the spores of ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with Quercus humboldtii in Colombia and has since been a passionate mycologist. Dr. Corrales joined MSA in 2012 and attended her first MSA meeting in 2013.