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Joseph Spatafora

Department Head
spatafoj [at]

Office: 541-737-5305

Research Way Laboratory Building

Research Way Laboratory Building 2019

Research Way Laboratory Building 4575 SW Research Way

Research Way Laboratory Building
4575 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333

Mycology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Fungi

  • Research in our laboratory is focused on ecology and evolutionary biology of fungi. Current research projects include i) evolutionary genomics of fungal secondary metabolism, ii) phylogenomics of zygomycete fungi, and iii) systematics and population biology of ectomycorrhizae. See the Spatafora Lab webpage for more information.

Current Lab Members:

Carolina Pina Paez (PhD, grad student)

Kyle Gervers (PhD, grad student)

Ian Troutman (MS, graduate student)

Skyler Har (undergraduate student)

Emily Miller (undergraduate student)

Kara Green (undergraduate student)

Publications: Google Scholar


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Affiliated with: 
Ag Botany / Plant Path
I accept graduate students for the Botany and Plant Pathology Department
Courses Taught: 

BOT 411 Leveraging Your Experiential Learning

BOT 508 Graduate Student Orientation

Professional Accomplishments

Ph.D., 1992, Botany, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

B.S., 1986, Zoology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

My Awards
Honors and Awards: 


  • OSU University Distinguished Professor, 2018
  • OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor, 2014
  • Frederick H. Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching Science, College of Science, 2003
  • Thomas T. Sugihara Young Faculty Research Award, College of Science, 2002
  • OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2001
  • Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Award, 2000
  • Outstanding University Honors College Professor, 1998-1999

Mycological Society of America

  • Weston Teaching Award, Mycological Society of America, 2010
  • Fellow, Mycological Society of America, 2007
  • Alexopoulos Award, Mycological Society of America, 2002
  • Martin-Baker Award, Mycological Society of America, 1997
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