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Anne Pringle

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Fungi; Mycorrhizal Associations; Lichens; Symbioses; Mycology

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Botany and Bacteriology College of Agricultural and Life Sciences College of Letters and Science Work: 608-890-4364 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • I study the invasion biology of a poisonous mushroom, Amanita phalloides, native to Europe but currently spreading on the West Coast of North America.
  • The genus Amanita includes the famous Amanita muscaria and these species are a tool to dissect the evolutionary origins of symbiosis.
  • My work also explores the demographics of lichens, and particularly a population of lichens growing on tombstones of a New England Cemetery.
  • We also study the physics of spore dispersal.
  • Other research in my laboratory focuses on evolution in contexts of global change, tree health in urban environments, and snake fungal disease.


  • I was elected President of the Mycological Association of America and will serve my term in 2019-2020.
  • I have given over 100 invited talks to audiences on four continents.
  • Since its origins, I've been very involved with Mushroom Observer, an online portal used to record fungal biodiversity.