Herbarium Staff

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Laura Lagomarsino, PhD

Director & Associate Professor 
(225) 578-8555 
llagomarsino1 AT 


Jennifer Kluse, MSc

Collections Manager 
(225) 578-8564 
jkluse AT 


Daniel Santamaría-Aguilar

Research Associate 
santamaria1 AT 


Carrie Barker, PhD

Project Manager, Herbarium Integration Grant 
cbark16 AT 


Christina Mozzicato

Project Manager, GLOBAL Bryophyte and Lichen Grant 
cmozzicato AT 


Duangsamorn Boyd, MSc

Associate Researcher

dboyd20 AT


Graduate Curatorial Assistants

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janet Janet Mansaray

jmansa1 AT


Diego Paredes-Burneo

dpared1 AT


Emeritus Staff

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Lowell E. Urbatsch, PhD

Emeritus Professor 
leu AT 


Shirley C. Tucker, PhD

Emeritus Professor


Meredith Blackwell, PhD

Emeritus Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1973 Mycology

Research Interests
My research interests focus on fungi, especially those associated with arthropods, including yeasts in the gut of beetles and Laboulbeniomycetes. Phylogenies incorporating sequences from rarely studied ascomycetes provided new clues to the evolution of Laboulbeniomycetes. More recently we have been interested in yeasts from the gut of beetles and other insects. Several newly enlarged ascomycete yeast clades inhabit the gut of mushroom-feeding beetles. Other yeasts, particularly unusual xylose-fermenters, are common in the gut of wood-ingesting beetles.
In addition my research has used a variety of techniques, including field and cultural studies, electron microscopy, and nucleic acid sequencing. I have two projects on the history of mycology with collaborators: A genealogy of North American mycologists and An oral history for mycology, a series of interviews with mycologists posted on YouTube. 

See CV for publications.

mblackwell AT


Photo Name Position and Contact


Amber King



Undergraduate Assistants

  • Oliver Deal

  • Olivia Degreenia

  • Maddie Dupree

  • Fiona McClain