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Piotr Tuczapski

Graduate Student, Public Relations Liaison
Lab:
Miller Plant Sciences 3503
Office:
Miller Plant Sciences 3507
Research Areas:
Research Interests:

My research interests comprise fields of Molecular Ecology, Phylogenetics, and Population Genetics. It is known that orchids rely on mycorrhizal fungi for growth, especially at the early stage of life, i.e. seed germination. However, how specific is this interaction? Do different orchids have different sets of fungal partners? Is it possible that related orchids partner with distinct fungal communities? Finally, could it allow orchids to co-occur? In my dissertation research I am interested in mycorrhizal associations of the sympatric epiphytic miniature orchids of genus Lepanthes in Costa Rica. More precisely, my work involves estimating specificity of orchid-fungal interaction and its potential role in orchid co-occurrence and niche partitioning.

Grants:

2020 Tinker Foundation - Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute Graduate Field Research Award
2019 Haines Family Botany Award awarded by the Graduate Studies Committee
2018 Palfrey Student Research Grant awarded by the Graduate Studies Committee
2012 British Ecological Society travel grant for Tropical Biology Association field course in Tanzania

Dissertation/Thesis Title:
Characterization of mycorrhizal symbionts of three sympatric Lepanthes species (Orchidaceae) and investigation of their possible role in driving orchid diversification
Education:

2017 Admission to the PhD Program in Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia.

2014 M.S. Biotechnology, Warsaw University, Warsaw. MISMaP Department (Interdisplinary Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences).
M.S. thesis research: Analysis of time impact on the quantity of preserved ancient DNA with use of real-time quantitative PCR.

2011 B.S. Biotechnology, Warsaw University, Warsaw. MISMaP Department (Inter-faculty Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences).
B.S. thesis research: Analysis of Roe Deer (Capreolus sp.) ancient mitochondrial DNA from Crimea, Ukraine.

Major Professor


Dorset W. Trapnell

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Committee Members


Y. Anny Chung

Haines Family Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology

James H. Leebens-Mack

Professor and Interim Curator of the University of Georgia Herbarium

Dorset W. Trapnell

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

External Committee

Dr. Melissa McCormick Principal Investigator at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Dr. Travis Glenn Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science at UGA

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