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Andrew Methven

Professor of Biological Sciences

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Andrew Methven is a mycologist and lichenologist with interests in the systematics, ecology, and phylogeny of fleshy fungi and lichens.  He teaches courses in mycology, lichens, and field mycology and maintains the Cryptogamic Herbarium (with more than 10,000 collections of fungi and lichens).  Included among his research interests are the identification and ecology of fleshy fungi, mycogeography, the effects of forest alteration on fleshy fungi, the application of compatibility studies and molecular techniques to fungal systematics, and the identification and distribution of lichens in the Midwest.

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  • Biology


Ph.D., Botany.  1987.  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.  Major Professor: Dr. R. H. Petersen  

M.A., Ecology and Systematic Biology (Thesis).  1983.  San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.  Major Professor: Dr. H. D. Thiers (deceased).

B.S., Botany.  1980.  The University of California, Davis, CA. 

Research Interests

His current research program is examining the distribution of the mushroom genus Lactarius in the Western Hemisphere, the utilization of biological species concepts in systematics studies of fleshy fungi, and the application of molecular techniques to population studies and mycogeography in the mushroom genus Flammulina.

Recent research projects involving undergraduate and graduate students have specifically examined: The effects of sugar maple removal from endemic oak-hickory forests on the occurrence and distribution of fleshy fungi; the occurrence and distribution of mycorrhizae with the roots of endemic and exotic plants; the distribution of rare and endangered lichens in fragmented forest ecosystems; the utilization of compatibility studies, RFLP analyses, and DNA sequence data to define biological and phylogenetic species in fleshy fungi.

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-6241