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 (e.g., mycorrhizae), while others receive less attention (like predators or parasites of animals).
I want to integrate this information about fungal lifestyles and functions into databases like FunToFun (which I have been collaborating on since 2016). This open-access database, led by Amy Zanne and Habacuc Flores-Moreno, aims at providing functional trait data for plant-associated fungi.
I want to use this data to understand how environmental changes determine the change in composition (turnover) of this diversity and its consequences on ecosystems.