Councilor of Ecology/Conservation Nominee
Todd Osmundson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He earned a PhD from Columbia University / New York Botanical Garden in 2009, a MS from Montana State University in 2003, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California – Berkeley. His research and professional interests include fungal biodiversity, biogeography, basidiomycete systematics, population genetics, and conservation. Current and recent research topics include population genomics of fire-associated morel mushrooms, invasion biology of a cultivated edible mushroom, French Polynesian fungal biodiversity, bolete systematics and biogeography, spore genetics and dispersal in alpine Laccaria, factors influencing community structure of plant microbiomes, and evolution of traits related to virulence in plant pathogenic fungi. His prior service to MSA includes Webmaster, Councilor for Ecology/Pathology, Membership chair, Mentor Travel Award committee member and chair, Conservation committee member and chair, and Electronic Communication & Web Page Management committee member and chair. MSA Awards include the NAMA Memorial Fellowship, C.T. Rogerson Student Research Award, and the A.H. and H.V. Smith Research Award. He serves in the fungal conservation community as a member of the IUCN Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball Specialist Group.