My name is Carlos A. Aguilar-Trigueros.

I am a ecologist interested in discovering, documenting, and understanding the traits that can predict the function of fungi along the root-soil interface in ecosystems and the assembly of fungal communities.  By function, I mean the effects of soil fungi in different ecosystem processes, such as plant productivity or mineralization. 

Because fungi are very different from other organism groups, I have teamed up with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to study fungal traits, which is a lot of fun!

Currently, I work as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Matthias Rillig at the Freie Universität Berlin.

My main research questions are:


Why is there so much variation in spore morphology among fungal species?

I am part of a team of researchers uncovering a large inter-specific variation in the traits of fungal spores: the structures that many fungi use to reproduce (similar to seeds and eggs). I am interested ...
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What kind of networks do fungi form when they grow?

The body of most fungi is unique because it grow as a dynamic network within which nutrients and information are transported. However, it is not clear how widely such networks vary among species or to ...
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What traits are important in the assembly of the fungal-root microbiome?

Fungi have a constant love-hate relationship with plant roots. The result of this relationship is a complex and dynamic fungal community associated to roots. I am interested in identifying which traits (both from roots and ...
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What are the causes and consequences of “fungal lifestyle turnover” – from local to global scales?

The fungal kingdom encompasses a wide diversity of lifestyles. As result of this diversity, fungi perform many functions in ecosystems. Some are well known, such as carbon cycling,or assisting plants in nutrient acquisition through symbiosis ...
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