Professor Donald Natvig has been named a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. He is among a prestigious group of 702 new members awarded this honor because of scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science of its applications.
Natvig, a professor in the Department of Biology, was selected for significant contributions to mycological research, ecological and comparative genomics and for initiating the Neurospora Genome Project as an undergraduate-training project. He was also recognized as editor of Mycologia, a journal that publishes papers on all aspects of fungi, including lichens.
Some of Natvig’s latest research ranges from genome evolution in mushrooms to insights from the genome and assembled chromosomes of Coprinopsis cinerea; the effect of precipitation variability on net primary production and soil respiration in a Chihuahuan desert grassland; diversity and distribution of soil fungal communities in a semiarid grassland; and precipitation variability and fire influence the temporal dynamics of soil CO2 efflux in arid grasslands.