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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  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


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.