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Christopher W. Smyth

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Advised by: Dr. David Geiser
Christopher W. Smyth
120 Buckhout Lab (office)
118/119 Buckhout Lab (lab)

University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-7343
Fax: 814-863-7217

Areas of Expertise

  • Fungal taxonomy - Fusarium
  • Emerging fungal diseases in wildlife
  • Population biology of fungal pathogens
  • Fusarium in veterinary and clinical mycoses
  • Fungal biofilm formation

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Education

  1. Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  2. B.S. Biology; Concentration: Marine Biology
  3. Minor: Environmental Studies

Research Interests: 

  • Characterizing biofilm formation in filamentous fungi using Fusarium species from the built environment and human infections 
  • Fusarium taxonomy 
  • Understanding the population biology of Fusarium species associated with mortalities in sea turtle nests 
  • The diversity, ecology and evolution of marine fungi

Publications: 

Hibbett, D., K. Abarenkov, U. Koljalg, M. Opik, B. Chai, J.R. Cole, Q. Wang, P.W. Crous, V.A. Robert, T. Helgason, J. Herr, P. Kirk, S. Lueschow, K. O’Donnell, H. Nilsson, R. Oono, C.L. Schoch, C. Smyth, D. Walker, A. Porras-Alfaro, J.W. Taylor, D.M. Geiser. Sequence-based classification and identification of Fungi. (2016) Mycologia, doi:10.3852/16-130

Smyth, C., S. Schlesinger, B. E. Overton, and C. Butchkoski. 2013. The Alternative Host Hypothesis and Potential Virulence Genes in Geomyces destructans. Bat Research News, 54:17–24.