7 March 2023
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.
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: 361-378.
Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia (UPFC)
Understanding Colombia’s useful plants and fungi to improve people’s livelihoods, reducing inequality and gender gap by boosting its bioeconomy through the sustainable use of its biodiversity.
Darwin Tree of Life
Sequencing the genomes of all eukaryotic species in Britain and Ireland.
The Tree of Life Initiative
Expanding and populating the tree of life for plants and fungi
Boyacá’s Forgotten Kingdom
This project is designed to explore the diversity of the Kingdom Fungi in Boyacá, Colombia.