Dr Ester Gaya

Senior Research Leader


I conduct research on the diversity and evolution of fungi, especially Ascomycota, and I focus on processes of speciation and phenotypic evolution using lichenised fungi as a case study. I am currently co-Principal Investigator of a project that explores the hyperdiversity of extremotolerant fungal symbioses, in partnership with the Institute of Plant Sciences, at University of Graz (Austria). My other main interests are methods testing using an empirical approach: phylogenetics, phylogenomics, dating events, ancestral character state reconstructions. My specialties include taxonomy and systematics of Teloschistales (Ascomycota).

I am currently coordinating the fungal module of the new MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London.

  • B. Sc., Univ. Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 1997
  • MS, Univ. Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2000
  • DEA, Univ. Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2001
  • PhD, Univ. Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2006
  • Associate Editor, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

Miadlikowska, J., Kauff, F., Högnabba, F., Oliver, J. C., Molnár, K., Fraker, E.,Gaya, E., et al. (2014)

Multigene phylogenetic synthesis for the class Lecanoromycetes (Ascomycota): 1307 fungi representing 1139 infrageneric taxa, 312 genera and 66 families.

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 79:132-168. 

McDonald, T. R. *, Gaya, E.* & Lutzoni, F. (2013).

Twenty-five cultures of lichenizing fungi available for experimental studies on symbiotic systems.

Symbiosis 59:165-171.

Gaya, E., Högnabba, F., Holguin, A., Molnar, K., Fernández-Brime, S., Stenroos, S., Arup, U., Søchting, U., Van den Boom, P., Lücking, R., Sipman, H.J.M. & Lutzoni, F. (2012).

Implementing a cumulative supermatrix approach for a comprehensive phylogenetic study of the Teloschistales (Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota).

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63: 374-387.

Gaya, E., Redelings, B.D., Navarro-Rosinés, P., Llimona, X, De Cáceres, M. & Lutzoni, F. (2011).

Align, or not to align? Resolving species complexes within the Caloplaca saxicola group as a case study.

Mycologia 103: 361-378.

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