Councilor of Symbiosis/Pathology Nominee
Marisol Sánchez-García is an Associate Senior Lecturer in the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). She received a BS in Biology and a MS in Systematics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She obtained a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee under the supervision of Dr. Brandon Matheny. After earning her PhD degree, she did a postdoc in David Hibbett’s lab at Clark University and then a second postdoc in Anna Rosling’s lab at Uppsala University. Marisol’s research has focused on the evolution and diversification of mushroom-forming fungi, particularly how nutritional modes and fruiting-body morphology affect diversification rates. She is currently working on the genomics of mycorrhizal fungi and is particularly interested in understanding the evolutionary processes that have contributed to the diversification of symbiotic fungal lineages and how symbiotic associations have shaped fungal genomes. She has been a member of MSA since 2011. Her MSA service includes Biodiversity Committee member and reviewer for Mycologia. MSA awards include NAMA Memorial Fellowship, Mentor Student Travel Award, and International Travel Award.