FACULTY RESEARCH EXPERTISE
PhD Ohio State University
MS University of South Dakota
Research Focus: Mycology
Web Site: http://mason.gmu.edu/~jlawrey/biography/
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Dr. Lawrey’s research deals with ecology, systematics and evolution of lichens and lichen-associated fungi. He is presently investigating the phylogeny and systematics of the tropical basidiolichen genus Dictyonema and a number of groups of anamorphic lichenicolous fungi. This work is currently being funded by the National Science Foundation. He has also done research on the use of lichens as biomonitors of atmospheric quality. This work has been funded largely by the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service. He is author of Biology of Lichenized Fungi and over 60 other book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Lawrey teaches undergraduate courses in plant biology and evolution, and graduate courses in environmental biology and plant ecology. He is past-president of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, the Botanical Society of Washington and the Washington Biologists’ Field Club.