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Global Change and Bioremediation

Fire and Fungi

Fire Ecology Network in X-site Study

Across fire-affected bioregions, we examine microbial inoculation and compare the efficacy of different inocula sources and post fire restoration techniques. As we restore sites to emulate conditions in pre-fire, unburned, or resilient environments, we evaluate how fire influences ecosystem functioning.

Post-Fire Biofiltration Initiative

With the rise of catastrophic megafires in California, there is a growing concern about post-fire toxic ash and the consequences of effluent entering surrounding waterways. Therefore we work with fungi and post-fire remediation in sensitive ecosystems.

Fungi and Heavy Metals

Soils polluted with heavy metals can affect urban and agricultural systems, posing health risks to humans and other organisms.


CoRenewal Board Member, Danielle Stevenson, works with native arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to restore degraded and heavy metal contaminated soils and limit metal uptake into food crops.

Fungi and Petroleum Contamination

This project identifies, characterizes, and physiologically profiles microorganisms in petroleum-pollution gradients. Fungi capable of digesting petroleum hydrocarbons may also provide ecosystem services that rehabilitate petroleum-contaminated landscapes.

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