Donald H. Pfister

Donald H. Pfister

Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany
Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium
Donald H. Pfister

My research centers on the biology and systematics of fungi, particularly members of the fungus classes Pezizomycetes and the Leotiomycetes, both belonging to ascomycete groups. Using molecular, life history and morphological methods we strive to understand relationships within these groups and to uncover their diversity. In addition, I study the history of collections and collectors.

Recent Publications

Hansen K, LoBuglio K, Pfister DH. 2005. Evolutionary relationships of the cup-fungus genus Peziza and Pezizaceae inferred from multiple nuclear genes: RPB2, ß-tubulin, and LSU rDNA. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 36: 1-23.

Hansen, K, B. A. Perry, D. H. Pfister. 2006. Phylogenetic origins of two cleistohtecial fungi, Orbicula parietina and Lasiobolidium orbiculoides, within the operculate discomycetes. Mycologia 97: 1023-1033.

Iturriaga, T., D. H. Pfister. 2006. A monograph of the genus Cookeina (Ascomycota, Pezizales, Sarcoscyphaceae). Mycotaxon 95: 137-180.

James, T. Y. and others. 2006. Reconstructing the early evolution of Fungi using a six-gene phylogeny. Nature 445: 818 – 822.

Yang, S, D. H. Pfister. 2006. Monotropa uniflora plants of eastern Massachusetts form mycorrhizae with a diversity of russulacean fungi. Mycologia 98: 535-540.

Hansen, K., D. H. Pfister. 2006. Systematics of the Peizomycetes – the operculate discomycetes. Mycologia 98: 1031-1041.

Perry, B. A., K. Hansen, and D. H. Pfister. 2007. A phylogenetic overview of the family Pyronemataceae (Ascomycota, Pezizales). Mycological Research 111: 549-571.

Contact Information

Harvard University Herbaria
Farlow Rm 1
22 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office phone: 617-495-2368



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