Biology

David Hibbett

David S. Hibbett

Professor of Biology
Warren Litsky Endowed Chair in 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
Email: dhibbett@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Research Lab Website
The Biology of Fungi blog


Education

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.

In my research, 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 regularly teach courses in Introductory Biology (team-taught with Dr. Deborah Robertson), Botanical Diversity, 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

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.

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.

Wilson, A., M. Binder, and D. S. Hibbett. 2012. Diversity and evolution of ectomycorrhizal host associations in Sclerodermatineae (Boletales, Basidiomycota). New Phytologist 194(4): doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04109.

Morin, E., A. Kohler, A. Baker, M. Foulogne-Oriol, V. Lombard, L. G. Nagy, R. A Ohm, A. Patyshakuliyeva, A. Brun, A. L. Aerts, A. M. Bailey, C. Billette, P. M. Coutinho, G. Deakin, H. Doddapaneni, D. Floudas, J. Grimwood, K. Hildén, U. Kües, K. M. LaButti, S. Lapidus, E. A. Lindquist, S. M Lucas, T. Lundell, C. Murat, R. W. Riley, A. A. Salamov, J. Schmutz, V. Subramanian, H. A.B. Wosten, J. Xu, D. C. Eastwood, G. D. Foster, A. S.M. Sonnenberg, D. Cullen, R. P. de Vries, D. S. Hibbett, B. Henrissat, K. S. Burton, R. W Kerrigan, M. P Challen, I. V. Grigoriev, and F. Martin. 2012. The genome sequence of the Button Mushroom Agaricus bisporus reveals mechanisms governing adaptation to a humic-rich ecological niche. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1206847109.

Halling, R. H., M. Nuhn, N. A. Fechner, T. W. Osmundson, K. Soytong, D. S. Hibbett, and M. Binder. 2012. Sutorius: a new genus for Boletus eximius (Boletineae). Mycologia 104: 951-961.

Halling, R. H., M Nuhn,T. Osmundson, N. Fechner, J.M. Trappe, K. Soytong, D. Arora, D.S. Hibbett, M. Binder. 2012. Affinities of the Boletus chromapes group to Royoungia and the description of two new genera, Harrya and Australopilus. Australian systematic Botany 25: 418–431. (reprint not included)

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.

Fernandez-Fueyo, E., Ruiz-Duenas, F. J., Ferreira P., Floudas, D., Hibbett, D., Canessa, P., Larrondo, L. F., James, T., Seelenfreund, D., Lobos, S., Polanco, R., Tello, M., Honda, Y., Watanabe, T., Watanabe, T., Ryu, J. S., Kubicek, C. P., Schmoll, M., Gaskell, J., Hammel, K. E., St. John, F., Vanden Wymelenberg, A., Sabat, G., BonDurant, S. S., Syed, K., Yadav, J., Doddapaneni, H., Subramanian, V., Lavín, J. L., Oguiza, J. A., Perez, G., Pisabarro, A. G., Ramirez, L., Santoyo, F., Master, E., Coutinho, P. M., Henrissat, B., Lombard, V., Magnuson, J. K., Kües, U., Hori, C., Igarashi, K., Samejima, M., Barry, K., Lapidus, A., Lindquist, E., Riley, R., Hoffmeister, D., Schwenk, D., Hadar, Y., Yarden, O., de Vries, r. P., Wiebenga, A., Stenlid, J., Eastwood, D., Grigoriev, I., Berka, R., Blanchette, R. A., Kersten, P., Martinez, A. T., Vicuna, R., Cullen, D. 2012. Comparative genomics of wood decay fungi Phanerochaete chrysosporium and Ceriporiopsis subvermispora provides insight into mechanisms of selective ligninolysis. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. doi/10.1073/pnas.1119912109.

Wilson, A., M. Binder, and D. S. Hibbett. 2012. Diversity and evolution of ectomycorrhizal host associations in Sclerodermatineae (Boletales, Basidiomycota). New Phytologist 194(4): doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04109.

Dimitrios Floudas, Manfred Binder, Robert Riley, Kerrie Barry, Robert A. Blanchette, Bernard Henrissat, Angel T. Martínez, Robert Otillar, Joseph W. Spatafora, Jagjit S. Yadav, Andrea Aerts, Isabelle Benoit,, Alex Boyd, Alexis Carlson, Alex Copeland, Pedro M. Coutinho, Ronald P. de Vries,, Patricia Ferreira, Keisha Findley, Brian Foster, Jill Gaskell, Dylan Glotzer, Pawe Górecki, Joseph Heitman, Cedar Hesse, Chiaki Hori, Kiyohiko Igarashi, Joel A. Jurgens, Nathan Kallen, Phil Kersten, Annegret Kohler, Ursula Kües, T. K. Arun Kumar, Alan Kuo, Kurt LaButti, Luis F. Larrondo, Erika Lindquist, Albee Ling, Vincent Lombard, Susan Lucas, Taina Lundell, Rachael Martin, David J. McLaughlin, Ingo Morgenstern, Emanuelle Morin, Claude Murat, Matt Nolan, Robin A. Ohm, Aleksandrina Patyshakuliyeva, Antonis Rokas, Francisco J. Ruiz-Dueñas, Grzegorz Sabat, Asaf Salamov, Masahiro Samejima, Jeremy Schmutz, Jason C. Slot, Franz St. John, Jan Stenlid, Hui Sun, Sheng Sun, Khajamohiddin Syed, Adrian Tsang, Ad Wiebenga, Darcy Young, Antonio Pisabarro, Daniel C. Eastwood, Francis Martin, Dan Cullen, Igor V. Grigoriev, and David S. Hibbett. 2012. The Paleozoic origin of enzymatic lignin decomposition reconstructed from 31 fungal genomes. Science 336: 1715-1719.

Morin, E., A. Kohler, A. Baker, M. Foulogne-Oriol, V. Lombard, L. G. Nagy, R. A Ohm, A. Patyshakuliyeva, A. Brun, A. L. Aerts, A. M. Bailey, C. Billette, P. M. Coutinho, G. Deakin, H. Doddapaneni, D. Floudas, J. Grimwood, K. Hildén, U. Kües, K. M. LaButti, S. Lapidus, E. A. Lindquist, S. M Lucas, T. Lundell, C. Murat, R. W. Riley, A. A. Salamov, J. Schmutz, V. Subramanian, H. A.B. Wosten, J. Xu, D. C. Eastwood, G. D. Foster, A. S.M. Sonnenberg, D. Cullen, R. P. de Vries, D. S. Hibbett, B. Henrissat, K. S. Burton, R. W Kerrigan, M. P Challen, I. V. Grigoriev, and F. Martin. 2012. The genome sequence of the Button Mushroom Agaricus bisporus reveals mechanisms governing adaptation to a humic-rich ecological niche. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1206847109.

Hibbett, D. S., and J. W. Taylor. Fungal systematics: is a new age of enlightenment at hand? Nature Reviews Microbiology (in press).

Hibbett, D. S. Major events in the evolution of the Fungi. In: Princeton Guide to Evolution (J. Losos, ed.) Princeton University Press (in press).

Recent Grants

2012: National Science Foundation AVATOL (assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing the Tree of Life) Program (D. Hibbett, 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.

2010: National Science Foundation Biodiversity Inventories (R. Halling, PI, DSH and M. Binder, Co-PIs). Title: Boletineae (Fungi) in Queensland, Australia. Funding period Sept. 1, 2010-Aug. 31, 2013. DEB- 1020421. $456,395.

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, 2014. DEB- 0933081. $750,000.

2009: National Science Foundation Integrative Organismal Systems (DSH, PI). Title: Collaborative Research: Fungal Life History Strategies and Evolution: Insights from Isotopic Measurements and Phylogenetic Analysis. Funding period Apr. 15, 2009-Sept. 30, 2011. IOS-0843278. $59,999.