Documenting the Fungal Diversity of Tafea Province, Vanuatu
Join Dr. Brian Perry as he talks about the fungal diversity of Tafea Province, Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a South Pacific archipelago of more than 80 islands, situated between New Caledonia, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands, all of which are globally recognized biodiversity hotspots. Vanuatu's biota is considered an important component of the region's status as a global center of biodiversity, and the "Vanuatu rain forest" vegetation type is recognized as an endangered terrestrial eco-region. Members of the Perry Lab at CSU East Bay have completed two expeditions to the islands since July 2017 and have started documenting the previously undocumented fungi of Vanuatu.
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Brian Perry received a PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University in 2006, where he worked on the systematics and evolution of the Ascomycete family Pyronemataceae. From there Brian went on to a postdoctoral position at San Francisco State University and then joined the faculty at the University of Hawaii in 2009 as an assistant professor of Biology. In 2013 Brian accepted a faculty position at California State University East Bay, finally making it back to California where he was born and raised.