I'm interested in the taxonomy and systematics of lichenized fungi with a special interest in understanding the factors underpinning intraspecific differences in lichen chemistry at the population scale. I am also motivated to study the relationship between the photobiont and mycobiont in lichens, using molecular data to probe algal diversity in lichens – especially the green algae. This will inform how specialized this paring is across lichens with differing modes of reproduction (e.g. vegetative asexual or sexual reproduction), and also how the specialization/generalization of photobiont/mycobiont paring changes across geographical space.

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