About the author

cacao_1    CIMG0717

Romina O. Gazis, PhD  /  rgazis@clarku.edu/ gazisromina@gmail.com

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EDUCATION

PhD. Plant Sciences. Dept. of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland (UMD).

M.S. Environmental Sciences. Dept. of Environmental Science, Texas Christian University (TCU).   

Lic. Biology. Ricardo Palma University, Lima – Peru.

B.S. Biology. Ricardo Palma University, Lima – Peru.

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

July 2012 – Present                 Postdoctoral Fellow, Clark University

June 2008 – May 2012            Research Assistant, University of Maryland

Aug. 2004 – Present                Research Mycologist, Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Aug. 2007 – May 2008            Research Assistant, Howard University

Feb. 2011 – May 2011             Visiting Scholar, Duke University

Aug. 2007 – May 2008            Research Assistant, Howard University

Aug. 2004 – Dec. 2006           Teaching Assistant, Texas Christian University

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Jan 2013 – May 2013             Co-instructor, Clark University (Phylogenetics)

Aug. 2009 – Dec. 2009           Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland (Mycology)

Aug. 2004 – Dec. 2006           Teaching Assistant, Texas Christian University (Biology)

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Gazis R., Skaltsas D., Chaverri P. 2014. Novel Tolypocladium clade found as endophyte, bring new insights into the ecology and evolution of Cordyceps-like fungi. (Accepted Mycologia)
  2. Oghenekaro A., Miettinen O., Omorusi V.I., Evueh G., Farid M.A., Gazis R. Asiegbu F.O. 2014. Characterization of Rigidoporus species associated with white rot of Para rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) plantations in Nigeria. (Accepted Fungal Biology)
  3. Drew B., Gazis R., Cabezas P., Swithers K., Soltis D., Hibbett D., Crandall K., Katz L. 2013. Missing branches on the Tree of Life. PLoS Biol 11(9): e1001636. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001636.
  4. Unterseher M., Gazis R., Chaverri P., García Guarniz C.F, Zavaleta Tenorio D.H. 2013. Endophytic fungi from Peruvian highland and lowland habitats form distinctive and host plant-specific assemblages. Biodiversity and Conservation: 1-18
  5. Drew B., Gazis R., et al. 2013. Data deposition: Missing data mean holes in tree of life. Nature 493, 304–305 (Correspondence).
  6. Gazis R., Miadlikowska J., Arnold A.E., Lutzoni F., Chaverri P. 2012. Culture-based study of endophytes associated with rubber trees in Peru reveals a new class of Pezizomycotina (Xylonomycetes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65(1): 294-304.
  7. Gazis R., Rehner S., Chaverri P. 2011. Species delimitation in fungal endophyte diversity studies and its implications in ecological and biogeographic inferences. Molecular Ecology 20: 3001-3013. (Article highlighted in the PERSPECTIVES section of Mol. Ecol., 2011, 20: 2873-2875).
  8. Chaverri P., Gazis R. 2011. Linking ex-planta fungi with their endophytic stages: Perisporiopsis, a common leaf litter and soil fungus, is a frequent endophyte of Hevea spp. and other plants. Fungal Ecology 4: 94-102.
  9. Chaverri P., Gazis R. 2010. Perisporiopsis lateritia, a new species on decaying leaves of Hevea spp. from the Amazon basin in Peru. Mycotaxon 113: 163-169.
  10. Chaverri P., Gazis R., Samuels, G.J. 2010. Trichoderma amazonicum, a new endophytic species on Hevea brasiliensis and H. guianensis from the Amazon basin. Mycologia 103: 139-151.
  11. Gazis R., Chaverri, P. 2010. Diversity of fungal endophytes in leaves and stems of wild rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) in Peru. Fungal Ecology 3: 240-254.
  12. Gomez L & Gazis R. 2006. Dos Gasteromycetes (Basidiomycotina, Fungi) del Peru. Brenesia 65, 71. Costa Rica.
  13. Gazis Olivas Romina. 2005. Evaluación preliminar de la micoflora de la cuenca del Río Los Amigos, Madre de Dios, Perú. Biodiversidad Amazónica 1(1): 47-54.

Articles in preparation

  1. Gazis R.,Chaverri P. 20xx. Amazonian forests are a reservoir of natural enemies against plant diseases: A comparison of fungi associated with wild and planted rubber trees (Hevea spp.).
  2. Martin R., Gazis R., Skaltsas D., Chaverri P., Hibbett D. 20xx. Unexpected diversity of basidiomycetous endophytes found in sapwood and leaves of Hevea.
  3. Gazis R., et al. 20xx. Xylona heveae (Xylonomycetes) genome: a window to fungal endophytism.

GRANTS and AWARDS

  1. 2014. IAPT Research Grants Program in Plant Systematics. One genus two different forests: the story of Panus in the Amazonian and Bornean forests. [$1000]
  2. 2013. NSF, ATOL project. Travel award. Funding to assist to the Workshop on New Methods for Phylogenomics and Metagenomics at the University of Texas (Austin). [$700]
  3. 2012. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) – Clark University. Seed money for course development. [$2,000]
  4. 2011. FESIN (Fungal Environmental Sampling and Informatics Network). Travel award. Funding to assist to the 2011 workshop: Metamycology and Beyond: Using Fungi in Educational Contexts. [$1,000]
  5. 2011. Mycological Society of America. Mentor Travel Award. Funding to cover travel expenses at the MSA meeting held Fairbanks, Alaska. [$500]
  6. 2010. Latin America Studies Center (LASC) – University of Maryland. Summer 2010 LASC Graduate Student Summer Grant Competition. “Fungal Endophytes of Rubber Trees: Searching for Potential Biocontrol Agents”. Funding to cover part of collection expenses. [$3,000]
  7. 2010. Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA). Francis C. Stark, Jr. Fund for Learning Resources. [$1,000]
  8. 2008. Amazon Conservation – ACCA. Doctoral dissertation grants. “Evaluation of the fungal endophyte community of Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis), Cacao (Theobroma cacao), and closed related species at Los Amigos Biological Station. Funding to cover travel and lodging expenses. [~$1,500]
  9. 2007. Field Museum, Chicago: Visiting Scholarships. Funding to cover travel and lodging expenses. [$1,500]
  10. 2006. Texas Society for Microscopy – 2nd place Best Graduate Student Talk. “Differentiating Fungal Species within the Family Xylariaceae (Ascomycotina: Fungi) from the Peruvian Amazon by Scanning Electron Microscopy”.
  11. 2006. Science Research Symposium – 1st place Environmental Science Graduate Students. “Pleasing Fungus Beetles (Erotylidae) from the Peruvian Amazon”.
  12. 2006. Biology and Environmental Science Travel grant. Funding to cover travel expenses at the MSA meeting held in Quebec, Canada. [$1,500]
  13. 2005. Adkins summer research grant – TCU Biology Department grant for graduate students. [$3,000]
  14. 2005. Andes to Amazon Botany Program (AABP). Master’s thesis “Evaluating Macrofungal diversity at Los Amigos biological station, Madre de Dios – Peru”. Funding to cover travel and research expenses. [~$5,000]
  15. 2004. Organization for Tropical Studies OTS. Las Cruces Biological station. Training in Mycology.  Funding to cover travel and lodging expenses. [~$3,000]
  16. 2004. Missouri Botanical Garden. Young Scientific Fellowship. Project: “A preliminary Macromycetes Survey”. Funding to cover travel and lodging expenses. [~$1,000]
  17. 2004. Amazon Conservation – ACCA. Undergraduate thesis: “A Preliminary Inventory of the Macromycetes at Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios – Peru”. Funding to cover travel and lodging. [~$1,500]

Contributed oral presentations (If not indicated, then Gazis is first author)

  1. 2014. Fungal endophytism and cryptic symbiosis. Invited speaker at the Chicago Plant Science Symposium, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL.
  2. 2013. Open Tree of Life: Challenges and Progress for the Fungi. MSA annual meeting, Austin, TX.
  3. 2013. Basidiomycete endophytes of the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). R. Martin., R. Gazis, et al. Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference, Beltsville, MD.
  4. 2013. Open Tree Of Life: Challenges for reconstructing a comprehensive fungal tree of life. Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference, Beltsville, MD.
  5. 2012. Amazonian forests are reservoirs of natural enemies against plant diseases: A comparison of endosymbiotic fungi associated with rubber trees (Hevea spp.) growing in the wild and in plantations. MassMyco, Worcester, MA.
  6. 2012. Amazonian Fungi. Biology Seminar Series, Clark University, Worcester, MA.
  7. 2012. Amazonian Fungi. The Mycological Association of Washington, DC.
  8. 2011. Sampling effect on tropical fungal endophyte diversity estimation: Are we under- sampling fungal endophytes? MSA annual meeting, Fairbanks, AK.
  9. 2010. Species delimitation in fungal endophyte diversity studies: The case of three common tropical fungal genera. MSA annual meeting, Lexington, KY.
  10. 2009. Differences in the fungal endophytic community of Hevea brasiliensis under different forest managements. MSA annual meeting, Snowbird, UT.
  11. 2009. Diversity of fungal endophytes in leaves and stems of wild rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) in Peru. Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference, Beltsville, MD.
  12. 2009. Fungal Endophytes of Hevea brasiliensis. Seminar Series, Escuela de Postgraduados, Campus Tabasco-Mexico.
  13. 2006. Differentiating Fungal Species within the Family Xylariaceae (Ascomycotina: Fungi) from the Peruvian Amazon by Scanning Electron Microscopy. Texas Society for Microscopy, Dallas, TX.

 

One Response to About the author

  1. Buenoa dias. Editamos una revista en españa dedicada a las setas y micologia y nos gustaria recibir informacion de especies que no aparecen en nuestro pais para realizar un articulo. Si te interesa puedes tambien colaborar con nostros ya que queremos realizar una seccion de hongos de america.
    Disponemos de una version de la revista para ipad. Si quieres te podemos hacer llegar una licencia.
    Quedamos a la espera de tus noticias.
    Atentamente

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