David Hibbett

David S. Hibbett

Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program
Department of Environmental Science
Clark University
15 Maywood St.
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: #232; Lab: #222
Phone: 508-793-7332

Curriculum Vitae
Research Lab Website
Hibbett lab news blog


Ph.D. Duke University, 1991

Current Research and Teaching

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Fungi are an important, understudied group of eukaryotes. In nature, Fungi function as decomposers, pathogens, and partners in diverse symbioses, such as lichens and mycorrhizae. Fungal morphology encompasses a spectrum of forms, including mushrooms, coral fungi, puffballs, and many others. Despite their morphological variability, Fungi are anatomically simple, and they have a notoriously poor fossil record. Consequently, the evolutionary relationships of Fungi are poorly understood.

I use comparative analyses of genes and genomes to infer the evolutionary relationships of Fungi, concentrating on the mushroom-forming fungi. I am particularly interested in using phylogenetic approaches to understand the evolution of fungal morphology and ecological strategies. Other interests include biological classification, species recognition, and phyloinformatics. I teach courses in Introductory Biology, Botanical Diversity, Fungal Biology and Biology of Symbiosis. To learn more about my research and teaching interests, please visit my lab website
or lab news blog (the latter is more likely to be up to date).

Selected Publications

Kohler, A. A. Kuo, L. G. Nagy, E. Morin, K. W. Barry, F. Buscot, B. Canbäck, C Choi, N. Cichocki, A. Clum, J.Colpaert, A. Copeland, M. D. Costa, J. Doré, D. Floudas, G. Gay, M. Gardes, M. Girlanda, G. Grelet, H. Gryta, B. Henrissat, S. Herrmann, J Hess, N Högberg, P Jargat, T Johansson, H.-R. Khouja, K. LaButti, U. Lahrmann, A. Levasseur, E. A. Lindquist, A. Lipzen, R. Marmeisse, E. Martino, C. Murat, C.Y. Ngan, U. Nehls, M. Peter, J.M. Plett, A. Pringle, R. Ohm, S Perotto, R. Riley, F. Rineau, J. Ruytinx, A. Salamov, F. Shah, H. Sun, M Tarkka, A. Tritt, C. Veneault-Fourrey, S Zimmermann, A Zuccaro, A. Tunlid, I. V. Grigoriev, D. S. Hibbett, F. Martin. 2015. Convergent losses of decay mechanisms and rapid turnover of symbiosis genes in mycorrhizal mutualists. Nature Genetics 47: 410-415. doi:10.1038/ng.3223.

Martin, R., R. Gazis, D. Skaltsas, P. Chaveri and D. S. Hibbett. 2015. Unexpected diversity of basidiomycetous endophytes in sapwood and leaves of Hevea. Mycologia 107:284-297 doi: 10.3852/14-206.

Riley, Robert W., Asaf A. Salamov, Daren W. Brown, Laszlo G Nagy, Dimitrios Floudas, Benjamin W Held, Anthony Levasseur, Vincent Lombard, Emmanuelle Morin, Robert Otillar, Erika A Lindquist, Hui Sun, Kurt M. LaButti, Jeremy Schmutz, Dina Jabbour, Hong Luo, Scott E Baker, Antonio G Pisabarro, Jonathan D Walton, Robert A Blanchette, Bernard Henrissat, Francis Martin, Dan Cullen, David S. Hibbett, and Igor V. Grigoriev. 2014. Extensive sampling of basidiomycete genomes demonstrates inadequacy of the white rot/brown rot paradigm for wood decay fungi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 111: Early Edition doi: 10.1073/pnas.1400592111.

Hibbett, D. S., and J. W. Taylor. 2013. Fungal systematics: is a new age of enlightenment at hand? Nature Reviews Microbiology doi:10.1038/nrmicro2942.

Hibbett, D. S., J. Stajich and J. Spatafora. 2013. Toward genome-enabled mycology. Mycologia 105:1339-1349.

Losos, J. B., Arnold, S., Bejerano, G., Brodie, E.D., III , Hibbett, D., Hoekstra, H. E., Mindell, D. P., Monteiro, A., Moritz, C., Orr, H. A., Petrov, D. A, Renner, S. S., Ricklefs, R. E., Soltis, P. S., Turner, T,L. 2013. Evolutionary biology for the 21st century. PLoS Biology 11(1): e1001466. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001466.

Floudas, D., M. Binder, R, Riley, K. Barry, R. A. Blanchette, B. Henrissat, A. T. Martínez, R. Otillar, J. W. Spatafora, J. S. Yadav, A. Aerts, I. Benoit,, A. Boyd, A. Carlson, A. Copeland, P. M. Coutinho, R. P. de Vries,, P. Ferreira, K. Findley, B. Foster, J. Gaskell, D. Glotzer, P. Górecki, J. Heitman, C. Hesse, C. Hori, K. Igarashi, J. A. Jurgens, N. Kallen, P. Kersten, A. Kohler, U. Kües, T. K. A. Kumar, A. Kuo, K. LaButti, L. F. Larrondo, E. Lindquist, A. Ling, V. Lombard, S. Lucas, T. Lundell, R. Martin, D. J. McLaughlin, I. Morgenstern, E. Morin, C. Murat, M. Nolan, R. A. Ohm, A. Patyshakuliyeva, A. Rokas, F. J. Ruiz-Dueñas, G. Sabat, A. Salamov, M. Samejima, J. Schmutz, J. C. Slot, F. St. John, J. Stenlid, H. Sun, S. Sun, K. Syed, A. Tsang, A. Wiebenga, D. Young, A. Pisabarro, D. C. Eastwood, F. Martin, D. Cullen, I. V. Grigoriev, and D. S. Hibbett. 2012. The Paleozoic origin of enzymatic lignin decomposition reconstructed from 31 fungal genomes. Science 336: 1715-1719.

Eastwood, D. C., D. Floudas, M. Binder, A. Majcherczyk, P. Schneider, A. Aerts, F. O. Asiegbu, S. E. Baker, K. Barry, M. Blumentritt, P. M. Coutinho, D. Cullen, R. P. De Vries, A. Gathman, B. Goodell, B. Henrissat, K. Ihrmark, H. Kauserud, A. Kohler, K. LaButti, A. Lapidus, J. L. Lavin, Y.-H. Lee, E. Lindquist, W. Lilly, S. Lucas, E. Morin, C. Murat, J. A. Oguiza, J. Park, A. G. Pisabarro, R. Riley, A. Rosling, A. Salamov, O. Schmidt, J. Schmutz, I. Skrede, J. Stenlid, A. Wiebenga, X. Xie, U. Kües, D. S. Hibbett, D. Hoffmeister, N. Högberg, F. Martin, I., V. Grigoriev, S. C. Watkinson. 2011. Evolution of plant cell wall degrading machinery underlies the functional diversity of forest fungi. Science 333: 762-765.

Recent Grants

2015: National Science Foundation, Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster, Integrative Organismal Systems (DSH, PI, Igor V. Grigoriev, Betsy Loring, Co-PIs). Title: Collaborative Research: Functional and evolutionary bases of substrate-specificity in wood-decaying basidiomycetes, Funding period April 1, 2015-March 31, 2018. IOS-1456958. $275,078.

2015: National Science Foundation (DSH, PI). Title: Evolution of fruiting body forms in the mushroom-forming Fungi (Agaricomycetes): a comparative phylogenetic, phylogenomic, and developmental approach. Funding period April 1, 2015-March 31, 2018. DEB-1456588. $339,384.

2012: National Science Foundation AVATOL (assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing the Tree of Life) Program (DSH, PI). Title: Collaborative Research: Automated and Community-Driven Synthesis of the Tree of Life. Funding period May 1, 2012-April 30, 2015. DEB-1208719. $300,000.

2009: National Science Foundation Systematics and Population Biology (DSH, PI). Title: MSB/PEET: PolyPEET—Enhancing Taxonomic Expertise in the Polyporales. Funding period Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2015. DEB-0933081. $750,000.