Rachel Koch, Postdoctoral Researcher
Academics, Balanced research and teaching
Prior Degrees Earned:
Ph.D. Botany and Plant Pathology. Purdue University, IN, 2017
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, IN, 2011
National Geographic Society Exploration Grant-2019 Mycological Society of America Postdoc Forest/Fungal Ecology Award-2018 Mycological Society of America Graduate Student Fellowship-2015 National Science Foundation Population and Community Ecology Doctora
Dr. Joshua Herr
My research focuses on understanding how fungi interact with other organisms—from bacteria, insects, birds and plants—and how these interactions affect the evolution of fungi. I use a combination of field studies, lab studies, and bioinformatics analyses in my work. One particular project I am excited about is understanding how bacterial communities associated with macroscopic fungi are structured, and how they may contribute to fungal fitness.
I enjoy hiking and exploring the state parks of Nebraska with my husband and corgi, collecting mushrooms along the way! I also love baking and keeping up on current events!