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Bryn Dentinger

Keynote Presenter
I am the Curator of Mycology at the Natural History Museum of Utah and an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. I was born, raised, and cut my mycological teeth in Duluth, MN. I received my BA with Honors in Biology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, USA in 2000 where I studied the neuropharmacology of Salvia divinorum. I received my PhD in Plant Biology under mycologist Prof. David J. McLaughlin at the University of Minnesota in 2007. From 2007-2009, I was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Jean-Marc Moncalvo at the Royal Ontario Museum/University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada where I helped develop the ITS region as the official DNA barcode for Fungi. From 2009-2010, I was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Bitty Roy at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, USA where I studied the evolution of mushroom mimicry by Dracula orchids. From 2010-2016, I worked as a senior mycologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, UK, including serving as Head of Mycology from 2012-2014. I have worked at the University of Utah since 2016. My research program has combined collections-based fieldwork and genomic tools to understand the global diversity, distribution, and evolutionary history of Fungi, particularly the diverse and species-rich mushrooms and allies. My current research projects include the evolution and chemical ecology of the fungus-growing ant symbiosis, phylogenomics and population genetics of porcini mushrooms, and phylogenomics and evolution of Psilocybe.