D. Jean Lodge

Adjunct Faculty
US Forest Service-Center for Forest Mycology Research


Ph.D. Botany/Ecology program, North Carolina State University

M.S. Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University

B.S. Department of Biology, Kent State University

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Distinguished Mycologist Award, Puerto Rican Mycological Society, 2007 Awarded by the Puerto Rican Mycological Society in recognition of contributions to Mycology in Puerto Rico

Certificate of Merit, from the USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, 2007 For contributing to Fungi of Puerto Rico websites

Forest Service Chief’s Award, 2003 For outstanding contributions to biodiversity and mycological research in the tropics

USDA Sectretary’s Plow Honor Award, 2002 For maintaining and enhancing the nation’s natural resources and environment

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, 2001 Selected for outstanding research and leadership

Fellow of the Mycological Society of America, 2001 Selected for contibutions to the Mycological Society of America and research contributions to mycology.

  • Mycological Society of America (2012 – Current)
    MSA Vice President 2012-2013 MSA President Elect 2013-2015 MSA President 2014-2015
  • Puerto Rican Mycological Society (1998 – Current)
  • British Mycological Society (1997 – Current)
    Associate Editor for Fungal Ecology 2009 to present Editor for Mycological Research2001-2003. Planning Committee Member, British Mycological Society, Tropical Rainforest Expedition 1990-1994; co-leader of one of the two expeditions in 2004; co-editor of a Special Feature on the expedition in 1995.
  • Association for the Advancement of Science (1995 – Current)
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (1987 – Current)
  • Mycological Society of America (2010 – 2013)
    Program Committee, Biodiversity Committee, International Committee, Editorial Board for Mycologia and Chair of Mycologia Memoirs
    Member of MSAProgram Committee, Aug 2010 to 2013 (Chair in 2012). Member of MSA Program Committee 2003-2006 (Chair in 2005). Chair MSA Membership Committee 2010-2012. Co-chair of MSA Workshop committee 2004. Co-organizer of Mycoblitz in support of the All Taxon Biotic Inventory of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park 2004. Elected MSA Councilor for Ecology-Pathology 2000-2003. Editorial Board for Mycologia 1994-1999. Chair of the Editorial Board of Mycological Memoirs 1995-1999. Chair of the MSA Biodiversity Committee 1999-2001. Official MSA Liaison for Fungal Biodiversity and Conservation 1993-1995. Member of the MSA International Committee 1996-1999.
  • Society for Conservation Biology (2010 – 2013)
Research Interests

I am gathering data on fungal phylogeny that can be applied to biogeography to gain a better understanding of their relatedness to other species, whether related species share similar ecological roles, and how fungi (including invasive species and pathogens) spread and evolve. I am always looking for new or emerging forest disease problems caused by fungi. I am also interested in the fate of soil carbon derived from different fungal decomposition processes (how much is lost to the atmosphere as CO2 or stored, the form, and the function/value to forest productivity), especially in light of their responses to regional and global change.

Selected Publications

Lodge, D. Jean; Padamsee, Mahajabeen; Matheny, P. Brandon; Aime, M. Catherine; Cantrell, Sharon A.; Boertmann, David; Kovalenko, Alexander; Vizzini, Alfredo; Dentinger, Bryn T.M.; Kirk, Paul M.; Ainsworth, A. Martin; Moncalvo, Jean-Marc; Vilgalys, Rytas; Larsson, Ellen; Lucking, Robert; Griffith, Gareth W.; Smith, Matthew E.; Norvell, Lorilei L.; Desjardin, Dennis E.; Redhead, Scott A.; Ovrebo, Clark L.; Lickey, Edgar B.; Ercole, Enrico; Hughes, Karen W.; Courtecuisse, Regis; Young, Anthony; Binder, Manfred; Minnis, Andrew M.; Lindner, Daniel L.; Ortiz-Santana, Beatriz; Haight, John; Laessoe, Thomas; Baroni, Timothy J.; Geml, Jozsef; Hattori, Tsutomu. 2013. Molecular phylogeny, morphology, pigment chemistry and ecology in Hygrophoraceae (Agaricales). Fungal Diversity

Cantrell, Sharon A.; Lodge, D. Jean; Cruz, Carlos A.; García, Luis M.; Pérez-Jiménez, Jose R.; Molina, Marirosa. 2013. Differential abundance of microbial functional groups along the elevation gradient from the coast to the Luquillo Mountains. Ecological Bulletins. 54: 87-100.

Lilleskov, Erik; Callaham, Jr. Mac A.; Pouyat, Richard; Smith, Jane E.; Castellano, Michael; Gonzalez, Grizelle; Lodge, D. Jean; Arango, Rachel; Green, Frederick. 2010. Invasive soil organisms and their effects on belowground processes. In: Dix, Mary Ellen; Britton, Kerry, editors. A dynamic invasive species research vision: Opportunities and priorities 2009-29. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-79/83. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research and Development: 67-83

Desjardin, Dennis E.; Lodge, D. Jean; Stevani, Cassius V.; Nagasawa, Eiji. 2010. Luminescent Mycena: new and noteworthy species. Mycologia. 102(2): 459-477.