The Forest Products Laboratory’s Jessie Glaeser, a research plant pathologist in the Center for Forest Mycology Research, was recently made a Fellow by the Mycological Society of America (MSA) at Botany 2015, a combined meeting involving 16 professional botanical societies.
Fellowship is awarded to MSA members who have made outstanding contributions to mycology and for their service to the MSA. The MSA recognized Glaeser for “her scholarship, leadership at the USDA Center for Forest Mycology Research, and particularly for her service as MSA Executive Vice President.”
Glaeser’s research focuses on identification and biosystematics of wood decay fungi. She is currently developing decontamination protocols to prevent human transmission of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the pathogen that causes white-nose syndrome of bats. Her other projects include inducing the formation of spalted wood to add value to lesser-used hardwood species, studying the effects of climate change on the distribution of white-rot and brown-rot fungi, and developing pest risk assessments to prevent the import of invasive fungal pathogens.
“It was a great honor to be recognized as Fellow by the Mycological Society of America,” said Glaeser. “I thank my colleagues in the Forest Service and the MSA for many years of collaboration and service.”
Congratulations, Jessie, on this well-deserved award!