Michelle A. Jusino
Madison, WI 53726-2366
My research uncovers the secret lives of animals and fungi to to help managers make science-based decisions by addressing a broad range of research goals including the ecology and evolution of symbioses and the conservation of imperiled and endangered species. I have expertise in mycology, bioinformatics and molecular techniques, molecular ecology, ornithology, and conservation & wildlife ecology. My work has been particularly valuable in plant pathogen vector systems where I have characterized entire communities of fungi vectored into living trees by wood-boring beetles and cavity-excavating birds. My dietary ecology work has elucidated the ecosystem services we are losing with the decline of little-brown bats from white-nose syndrome (WNS), an important fungal disease of bats that was first detected in North America in 2006.
My current projects include:
- Studying fungal community structure and dynamics in decaying wood
- Describing novel fungal symbionts of ambrosia beetles
- Developing positive sequencing controls (“mock communities”) for high-throughput amplicon sequencing of environmental DNA
- Investigating the relationships between birds and fungi
- Describing symbioses between cavity excavating birds and decay fungi
- Exploring avian dispersal of fungi
- Using DNA-based molecular techniques to describe the diets of bats, birds, and other animals from fecal samples
Although generally underappreciated, fungi serve many vital ecosystem roles. Fungi are the primary recyclers of dead biomass, releasing carbon and other nutrients. For instance, the release of carbon from dead wood depends on decay fungi, thus, a better understanding of fungal community dynamics is necessary for predicting forest ecosystem function and stability in a changing world. Many wood-dwelling animals, including woodpeckers and wood-boring beetles, facilitate the dispersal and establishment of fungi in forest systems. Consequently, a complete understanding of how fungi maintain ecosystem processes requires that we understand the relationships between fungi and their animal vectors.
- Florida State Univeristy, B.S., Biology,
- Virginia Tech, Ph. D., Biological Sciences,
- Mycological Society of America, 2011 - Current
- Michelle A. Jusino, Daniel L. Lindner, Mark T. Banik, Kevin R. Rose, Jeffrey R. Walters. 2016. Experimental evidence of a symbiosis between red-cockaded woodpeckers and fungi
- Michelle A. Jusino, Mark T. Banik, Jonathan M. Palmer, Amy K. Wray, Lei Xiao, Emma Pelton, Jesse R. Barber, Akito Y. Kawahara, Claudio Gratton, M. Zachariah Peery, Daniel L. Lindner. 2019. An improved method for utilizing high‐throughput amplicon sequencing to determine the diets of insectivorous animals
- Jonathan M. Palmer, Michelle A. Jusino, Mark T. Banik, Daniel L. Lindner. 2018. Non-biological synthetic spike-in controls and the AMPtk software pipeline improve mycobiome data
- Michelle Jusino, Natasha D.G. Hagemeyer, Mark T. Banik, Jonathan Palmer, Daniel L. Lindner, Matthew E. Smith, Walter D. Koenig, Eric L. Walters. 2022. Fungal communities associated with acorn woodpeckers and their excavations
- Marcos V Caiafa, Michelle A. Jusino, Ann C. Wilkie, Iván A. Díaz, Kathryn E. Sieving, Matthew E. Smith. 2021. Discovering the role of Patagonian birds in the dispersal of truffles and other mycorrhizal fungi
- James Skelton, Michelle A. Jusino, Paige S. Carlson, Katherine Smith, Mark T. Banik, Daniel L. Lindner, Jonathan M. Palmer, Jiri Hulcr. 2019. Relationships among wood‐boring beetles, fungi, and the decomposition of forest biomass
- Nicole K. Reynolds, Michelle A. Jusino, Jason E. Stajich, Matthew E. Smith. 2022. Understudied, underrepresented, and unknown: Methodological biases that limit detection of early diverging fungi from environmental samples
- Emma C. Gilmartin, Michelle Jusino, Edward J. Pyne, Mark T. Banik, Daniel L. Lindner, Lynne Boddy. 2022. Fungal endophytes and origins of decay in beech (Fagus sylvatica) sapwood
- Michelle A. Jusino, Daniel L. Lindner, Mark T. Banik, Jeffrey R. Walters. 2015. Heart rot hotel: fungal communities in red-cockaded woodpecker excavations
- Andrew Stillman, Marcos Caiafa, Teresa Lorenz, Michelle Jusino, Morgan W. Tingley. 2022. DNA metabarcoding reveals broad woodpecker diets in fire-maintained forests
- François Maillard, Michelle Jusino, Erin Andrews, Molly Moran, Grace J. Vaziri, Mark T. Banik, Nicolas Fanin, Carl C. Trettin, Daniel L. Lindner, Jonathan S. Schilling. 2022. Wood-decay type and fungal guild dominance across a North American log transplant experiment
- Lukas Landler, James Skelton, Michelle A. Jusino, Andy Van Lanen, Jeffrey R. Walters. 2022. Effects of cavity orientation on nesting success inferred from long-term monitoring of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker
- Amy K. Wray, Claudio Gratton, Michelle Jusino, Jing Jamie Wang, Jade M. Kochanski, Jonathan Palmer, Mark T. Banik, Daniel L. Lindner, M. Zachariah. Peery. 2022. Disease‐related population declines in bats demonstrate non‐exchangeability in generalist predators
- Amy K. Wray, M. Zachariah Peery, Michelle A. Jusino, Jade M. Kochanski, Mark T. Banik, Jonathan M. Palmer, Daniel L. Lindner, Claudio Gratton. 2021. Predator preferences shape the diets of arthropodivorous bats more than quantitative local prey abundance
- Weiwei Wang, Daniel L. Lindner, Michelle A. Jusino, Deborah Page-Dumroese, Jonathan M. Palmer, Mark T. Banik, Martin Jurgensen, Kymberly Draeger, Yong Liu. 2020. Wood-colonizing fungal community response to forest restoration thinnings in a Pinus tabuliformis plantation in northern China
- Xueling Yi, Deahn M. Donner, Paula E. Marquardt, Jonathan M. Palmer, Michelle A. Jusino, Jacqueline Frair, Daniel L. Lindner, Emily K. Latch. 2020. Major histocompatibility complex variation is similar in little brown bats before and after white‐nose syndrome outbreak
- Amy K Wray, Michelle A Jusino, Mark T Banik, Jonathan M Palmer, Heather Kaarakka, J Paul White, Daniel L Lindner, Claudio Gratton, M Zachariah Peery. 2018. Incidence and taxonomic richness of mosquitoes in the diets of little brown and big brown bats
- James Skelton, Michelle A. Jusino, You Li, Craig Bateman, Pham Hong Thai, Chengxu Wu, Daniel L. Lindner, Jiri Hulcr. 2018. Detecting Symbioses in Complex Communities: the Fungal Symbionts of Bark and Ambrosia Beetles Within Asian Pines
- You Li, Craig Christopher Bateman, James Skelton, Michelle Alice Jusino, Zachary John Nolen, David Rabern Simmons, Jiri Hulcr. 2017. Wood decay fungus Flavodon ambrosius (Basidiomycota: Polyporales) is widely farmed by two genera of ambrosia beetles
- Grant T. Kirker, Amy B. Bishell, Michelle A. Jusino, Jonathan M. Palmer, William J. Hickey, Daniel L. Lindner. 2017. Amplicon-Based Sequencing of Soil Fungi from Wood Preservative Test Sites
- Grant T. Kirker, Amy B. Bishell, Michelle A. Jusino, Jonathan M. Palmer, William J. Hickey, Daniel L. Lindner. 2017. Amplicon-based sequencing of soil fungi from wood preservative test sites
- Michelle A. Jusino, Daniel Lindner, John K. Cianchetti, Adam T. Grisé, Nicholas J. Brazee, Jeffrey R. Walters. 2014. A Minimally Invasive Method for Sampling Nest and Roost Cavities for Fungi: a Novel Approach to Identify the Fungi Associated with Cavity-Nesting Birds
Jusino, M.A., J. Skelton, CC Chen, J. Hulcr, and M.E. Smith. 2020. Sexual reproduction and saprotrophic dominance by the ambrosial fungus Flavodon subulatus (= Flavodon ambrosius). Fungal Ecology.
Vaziri, G.J., M.A. Jusino, J.M. Palmer, M.T. Brewer, and J.S. Adelman. 2021. Anthelmintic drugs modulate the acute phase immune response but not the microbiome in wild song sparrows. Ornithology (formerly known as The Auk).
Grupe, A.C., M.A. Jusino, A.B. Mujic, B. Spakes-Richter, G. Bonito, T. Brenneman, and M.E. Smith. 2021. Effects of field fumigation and inoculation with the pecan truffle (Tuber lyonii) on the fungal community of pecan (Carya illinoinensis) seedlings over five years. Frontiers in Microbiology.
Hulcr, J., D.F. Gomez, J. Skelton, A.J. Johnson, S. Adams, Y. Li, M.A. Jusino, M.E. Smith. 2021. Invasion of an inconspicuous ambrosia beetle and fungus may affect wood decay in Southeastern North America. Biological Invasions.
Corrales, A., H. Xu, R. Garibay-Orijel, C. Alfonso-Corrado, G. Williams-Linera, C. Chu, C. Truong, M.A. Jusino, R. Clark-Tapia, J.W. Dalling, Y. Liu, and M.E. Smith. 2021. Fungal communities associated with roots of two closely related Juglandaceae species with a disjunct distribution in the tropics. Fungal Ecology.
O'Rourke, D.R., N.A. Bokulich, M.A. Jusino, M.D. MacManes, J.T Foster. 2020. A total crapshoot? Evaluating bioinformatic decisions in animal diet metabarcoding analyses. Ecology and Evolution.
Hulcr, J., I. Barnes, W. de Beer, T. Duong, R. Gazis-Seregina, A.J. Johnson, M.A. Jusino, M.T. Kasson, Y. Li, S. Lynch, C. Mayers, T. Musvuugwa, F. Roets, K. Seltmann, D. Six, D. Vanderpool, C. Villari. 2020. Bark beetle mycobiome: collaboratively defined research priorities on a widespread insect-fungus symbiosis. Symbiosis.
Elliott, T.F., M.A. Jusino, J.M. Trappe, H. Lepp, G.A. Ballard, J.J. Bruhl, and K. Vernes. 2019. The ecological significance of symbiotic interactions between birds and fungi. Fungal Diversity.
Skelton, J., A.J. Johnson, M.A. Jusino, C.C. Bateman, and J. Hulcr. 2019. A selective fungal transport organ (mycangium) maintains coarse phylogenetic congruence between fungus-farming ambrosia beetles and their symbionts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Loyd, A.L., B.S. Richter, M.A. Jusino, C. Truong, M.E. Smith, R.A. Blanchette, and J.A. Smith. 2018. Identifying the “mushroom of immortality”: assessing the Ganoderma species composition in commercial reishi products. Frontiers in Microbiology.