Acadia’s Fungal Dream Team

Brent_websiteBrent Robicheau, M.Sc. of Weymouth, Nova Scotia -former research associate, now Killam PhD Scholar at Dalhousie University Department of Biology

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Sadie Moland of Quispamsis, New Brunswick investigated biochar-mycorrhizae interactions for native plant propagation & wetland restoration during her Honours thesis work in summer 2015, later published in FACETS. Sadie’s painting of Anthostomella poecila ascospores delights all who see it.

IMG_7247Sarah Adams of Athol, Nova Scotia investigated endophytes of Geum plants for her Honours research with us – and beyond, as research technician! In May 2020 Sarah completed her MSc work on marine wood-associated fungi of the Bay of Fundy.

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Brandon Landry of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia investigated marine fungi and hydrocarbon degradation for his Honours research. He then completed his MSc in mycology with Dr. Mary Berbee at UBC.

alexlabAlex Young of Berwick, Nova Scotia developed a DNA barcoding protocol for Acadia’s E.C. Smith Herbarium fungal collections for his Honours/Co-op work with us in summer 2015, later published in Northeastern Naturalist. Alex then completed his MSc at STFX with Dr. Russell Wyeth and is currently a PhD Student at Dalhousie University.


Cardy Saunders of Bermuda investigated mercury content of lichens from across Nova Scotia for his 2016 Honours research (co-supervisor Dr Nelson O’Driscoll).


Tyler D’Entremont of Pubnico, Nova Scotia investigated Spartina mycorrhizae for saltmarsh restoration for his 2016 Honours research and continuing with his MSc work in our lab.


Adele Bunbury-Blanchette of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia conducted her MSc research (2016-2018) on Fusarium basal rot of onion, which threatens Nova Scotia’s onion production (NSERC CGS M). Currently she is an ECO Canada research intern in our lab.

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Jacqueline Bradbury completed her Hons research in 2018 on biochar and mycorrhizal fungi in the propagation of rare plant Geum peckii.

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John Tweedie (left, red and black shirt) completed his Hons research in 2018 on fungi from a pulp mill site.


Medina Velic and Rhys Winder completed their Hons research on antimicrobial growth promoters in swine and antifungal resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus, respectively.


Philicity Byers (USRA) is studying fungal associates of the rare plant Crocanthemum canadense for her Hons research (2018-19).

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Victoria Taylor (HSRA) of Halifax, NS is describing a new obligate marine fungus from the Bay of Fundy for her Hons research (2018-2019).


Rebecca Dodge is studying fungi associated with rare plant Geum peckii for her Hons (2018-19).

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Jake Reicker (left) of Sussex, NB is studying intertidal mudflat fungi from the Minas Basin for his Hons (2018-19).