D. Jean Lodge
Unit: Biological and Environmental Influences on Forest Health and Productivity
Address: Northern Research Station
Sabana Station, Rt. 988 and 983
Luquillo, PR 00745
Phone: (787) 889-7445
E-mail: Contact D. Jean Lodge
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- Ph.D. Degree, North Carolina State University, Botany/Ecology program
- M.S. Degree, North Carolina State University, Department of Plant Pathology
- B.S. Degree, Kent State University, Department of Biology
Civic & Professional Affiliations
- Mycological Society of America
- British Mycological Society
- Puerto Rican Mycological Society
- Association for the Advancement of Science
- Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
- Society for Conservation Biology
Current research examines:
- Rebuilding the phylogenetic and systematic understanding of basidiomycete fungi
- Contributing to the All Taxon Biotic Inventory of the Great Smoky Mt. National Park
- Fungal decomposer responses to disturbance (storms and silvicultural practices)
- The roles of different decomposer fungal groups in maintaining soil carbon and fertility
- Use of decomposer fungi in restoration
Why is This Important
Molecular methods are increasingly being used to detect forest pathogens and changes in microbial communities in response to disturbance or stress, but use of those methods is dependent on having a strong "backbone" provided by DNA sequences and phylogenetic trees that are based on them. The All-Taxon Biotic Inventory of the Great Smoky Mt. National Park serves to establish benchmarks for an important forested recreational area that is changing rapidly because of introduced pathogens and insects, air pollution and climate change, while simultaneously providing genetic material for rebuilding the fungal tree of life. Fungi and other microbes regulate the release of nutrients from debris as well as the availability of soil nutrient pools, so determining how fungi respond to storm damage or silvicultural practices is critical for predicting the availability of nutrients for tree growth. Furthermore, different types of decay result in different types of soil organic matter, which is critical in the maintenance of soil fertility and forest productivity. On steep forest slopes, fungi are critical for maintaining leaf litter in place which then protects the soil from erosion, and slows siltation of water reservoirs.
I am gathering data on fungal phylogeny that can be applied to biogeography to gain a better understanding of how fungi spread and evolve. I am always on the lookout for new or emerging forest disease problems caused by fungi. I am also interested in the fate of soil carbon derived from different fungal decomposition processes (how much is lost to the atmosphere as CO2 or stored, the form, and the function/value to forest productivity), especially in light of their responses to regional and global change.
- Banik, Mark T.; Lindner, Daniel L.; Ortiz-Santana, Beatriz; Lodge, Deborah J. 2012. A new species of Laetiporus (Basidiomycota, Polyporales) from the Caribbean basin. Banik, Mark T.; Lindner, Daniel L.; Ortiz-Santana, Beatriz; Lodge, Deborah J. 2012. A new species of Laetiporus (Basidiomycota, Polyporales) from the Caribbean basin. Kurtziana. 37(1): 15-21.
- Harder, Christoffer Bugge; Lodge, D. Jean; Petersen, Ronald H.; Hughes, Karen W.; Blanco, Joaquin Cifuentes; Froslev, Tobias Guldberg; Læssoe, Thomas. 2012. Amyloidity is not diagnostic for species in the Mycena pearsoniana complex (Mycena sectio Calodontes). Mycological Progress. 11: 725-732.
- Lebron, Ligia; Lodge, Jean D.; Bayman, Paul. 2012. Differences in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi among three coffee cultivars in Puerto Rico. ISRN Agronomy 2012: 1-7. doi:10.5402/2012/148042
- Willig, M.R.; Bloch, C.P.; Covich, A.P.; Hall, C.A.S.; Lodge, D.J.; Lugo, A.E.; Silver, W.L.; Waide, R.B.; Walker, L.R.; Zimmerman, J.K. 2012. Long-term research in the Luquillo Mountains, synthesis and foundations for the future. In: Brokaw, N.; Crowl, T.A.; Lugo, A.E.; McDowell, W.H.; Scatena, F.N.; Waide, R.B.; Willig, M.R., eds. A Caribbean forest tapestry: the multidimensional nature of disturbance and response. New York: Oxford University Press: 361-441.
- Ovrebo, Clark L.; Lodge, D. Jean; Aime, M. Catherine. 2011. A new Cantharocybe from Belize with notes on the type of Cantharocybe gruberi. Mycologia. 103(5): 1102-1109.
- Desjardin, Dennis E.; Lodge, D. Jean; Stevani, Cassius V.; Nagasawa, Eiji. 2010. Luminescent Mycena: new and noteworthy species. Mycologia. 102(2): 459-477.
- Dentinger, Bryn T.M.; Lodge, D.Jean; Munkacsi, Andrew B.; Desjardin, Dennis E.; McLaughlin, David J. 2009. Phylogenetic placement of an unusual coral mushroom challenges the classic hypothesis of strict coevolution in the Apterostigma pilosum group ant-fungus mutualism. Evolution. 9999: doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00697.
- Baroni, T.J.; Bocsusis, N.; Lodge, D.J.; Lindner, D.L. 2008. A new species of Pleurocollybia (Tricholomataceae; Agaricales; Basidiomycetes) from Belize. Mycotaxon. 103: 353-363.
- Cantrell, Sharon A.; Lodge, D. Jean. 2008. Capítulo 4: Hongos. In: Joglar, Rafael L., ed. Biodiversity of Puerto Rico: Agustin Stahl, Flora, Fungi. La Editorial, Universidad de Puerto Rico: 247-295.
- Lodge, D.J.; Ovrebo, C.L. 2008. First records of Hygrophoraceae from Panama including a new species of Camarophyllus and a new veiled species in Hygrocybe section Firmae. Fungal Diversity. 32: 69-80.
- Lodge, D. Jean; Læssøe, Thomas; Aime, M. Catherine; Henkel, Terry W. 2008. Montane and cloud forest specialists among neotropical Xylaria species. North American Fungi. 3(7): 193-213.
- Baroni, Timothy J.; Franco-molano, Ana Esperanza; Lodge, D. Jean; Lindner, Daniel L.; Horak, Egon; Hofstetter, Valerie. 2007. Arthrornyces and Blastosporella, two new genera of conidia-producing lyophylloid agarics (Agaricales, Basidiornycota) from the neotropics. Mycological Research. III: 572-580.
- Castellano, Michael A.; Trappe, James M.; Lodge, D. Jean. 2007. Mayamontana coccolobae (Basidiomycota), a new sequestrate taxon from Belize. Mycotaxon. 100: 289-294.
- Ortiz-Santana, Beatriz; Lodge, D. Jean; Baroni, Timothy J.; Both, Ernst E. 2007. Boletes from Belize and the Dominican Republic. Fungal Diversity. 27: 247-416.
- Lodge, D. Jean; McDowell, William H.; Macy, Jordan; Ward, Sarah Katherine; Leisso, Rachel; Claudio-Campos, Karla; Kuhnert, Kerstin. 2007. Distribution and role of mat-forming saprobic basidiomycetes in a tropical forest. In: Boddy, Lynne; Frankland, Juliet; Van West, Peiter, eds. Ecology of saprotrophic basidiomycetes. The British Mycological Society. Academic Press: 197-209.
- Perdomo, Omar Paíno; Lodge, D. Jean; Baroni, Timothy J. 2007. Hongos Comestibles de la Replública Dominicana Guía de Campo. Centro para el Desarrollo Agropecuario y Forestal, Inc. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. 96 p.