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Andrew Wilson

Denver Botanic Gardens
Andrew Wilson is the Assistant Curator of Mycology in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. For Dr. Andrew the discovery of mycology began back in the late 90’s at San Francisco State University. There he took classes from Dr. Dennis Desjardin, a world renown mushroom taxonomist, and soon learned that mycology could take him on exotic adventures to places such as Hawaii and tropical Southeast Asia. Andrew jumped at the opportunity to work with Dennis, completing a masters thesis on the mushroom genus Gymnopus from Java and Bali, Indonesia. He later went on to earn a PhD in the lab of Dr. David Hibbett at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. His project took him back to Southeast Asia, this time to study the ecology and evolution enigmatic puffball genus Calostoma and their relatives. In 2009, Andrew graduated and began a postdoc with Dr. Gregory Mueller at the Chicago Botanic Garden where he explored the systematic evolution of the Cantharellales and the model ectomycorrhizal mushroom genus Laccaria. He also did a one-year postdoc at Purdue University, in the lab of Dr. Cathie Aime, teasing apart the complex evolution of plant pathogenic rust fungi. At Denver Botanic Gardens, Andrew is working on a regional contribution to the North American Mycoflora Project that encompasses the state of Colorado, with a focus on the Southern Rockies.