Qualifications & Appointments
BS, Univ. Alaska (Fairbanks), 1996
PhD, Univ. California (Berkeley), 2001.
Current areas of research (75% of appointment) include linking tree health to ectomycorrhizal communities under changing environmental conditions (supported by NERC, the Forestry Commission and Forest Research). Teaching (15%) includes lecturing for MSc/MRes courses in Biosystematics at the Natural History Museum, in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation and in Forest Protection and Conservation at Silwood Park, and undergraduate Ecology and Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. Administrative duties (10%) include every aspect of the day-to-day running of a fungal molecular laboratory.
Selected Recent Publications
M. Bidartondo MI, Read DJ, Trappe JM, Merckx V, Ligrone R, Duckett JG. 2011. The dawn of symbiosis between plants and fungi. Biology Letters 7: 574-577.
Waterman RJ, Bidartondo MI, Stofberg J, Combs JK, Gebauer G, Savolainen V, Barraclough TG, Pauw A. 2011. The effects of above- and belowground mutualisms on orchid speciation and coexistence. American Naturalist 177: E54-E68.
Bidartondo MI, Duckett JG. 2010. Conservative ecological and evolutionary patterns in liverwort-fungal symbioses. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 485-492.
Cox F, Barsoum N, Lilleskov E, Bidartondo MI. 2010. Nitrogen availability is a primary determinant of conifer mycorrhizas. Ecology Letters 13: 1103 - 1113.
Brock P, Döring H, Bidartondo MI. 2009. How to know unknown fungi: the role of a herbarium. New Phytologist 181: 719-724.
Selected Earlier Publications
Collier, FA & Bidartondo, MI. 2009. Waiting for fungi: the ectomycorrhizal invasion of lowland heathlands. Journal of Ecology, doi 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2009.01544.x
Bidartondo, MI & Read, DJ. 2008. Fungal specificity bottlenecks during orchid germination and development. Molecular Ecology 17: 3707-3716.
Bidartondo, MI et al. 2008. Preserving accuracy in GenBank. Science 319: 1616.
Merckx, V & Bidartondo, MI. 2008. Breakdown and delayed cospeciation in the arbuscular mycorrhizal mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 1029-1035.
Waterman, RJ & Bidartondo, MI. 2008. Deception above, deception below: pollination and mycorrhizal biology of orchids. Journal of Experimental Botany 59: 1085-1096.