Dr Ester Gaya

Research Leader

Biography Plus

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.

Qualifications and appointments Plus
  • 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
Selected publications Plus

Miadlikowska, J., Kauff, F., Högnabba, F., Oliver, J. C., Molnár, K., Fraker, E.,Gaya, E., Hafellner, J., Hofstetter, V., Gueidan, C., Otálora, M. A. G., Hodkinson, B., Kukwa, M., Lücking, R., Björk, C., Sipman, H. J. M., Burgaz, A. R., Thell, A., Passo, A., Myllys, L., Goward, T., Fernández-Brime, S., Hestmark, G., Lendemer, J., Lumbsch, H. T., Schmull, M., Schoch, C. L., Sérusiaux, E., Maddison, D. R., Arnold, A. E., Stenroos, S. & Lutzoni, F. (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. (journal cover)

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 *Equally contributing authors

Fernández-Brime, S., Llimona, X., Lutzoni, F. & Gaya, E. (2013)

Phylogenetic study of Diploschistes (Graphidaceae, Ostropales, lichen-forming Ascomycota), based on morphological, chemical, and molecular data

Taxon 62: 267-280

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(2): 361-378

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