On July 1, 2020, we welcomed Luis Quijada into his new role as the Farlow Fellow at the Herbaria. Luis is an early-career mycologist specializing in the study of taxonomy, systematics, evolution, and ecology of Leotiomycetes (Ascomycota, Fungi). Luis most recently completed a postdoctoral project “DNA barcoding for plant-pathogens diagnostic and monitoring. Forest diseases and turbo-taxonomy in Tympanidaceae as a case of study” sponsored by the Ramón Areces Foundation.
As the Farlow Fellow, Luis will shift his focus to the characterization of Leotiomycetes that lack current treatments and sequences using preserved specimens in the Farlow Herbarium (FH). His project aims to emphasize how historical collections can be the solution to solving taxonomic and systematic problems in Fungi, and more specifically, in the Leotiomycetes. He plans to update our collections with new morphological and molecular details and to link macro- and micro-photographs, sequences and collections details with specimens in the HUH database. This immense undertaking will not only increase the quality of the information for each collection studied, help facilitate the exchange of information requested by researchers around the world, but also help to conserve the specimens by providing more detailed documentation.