Mycologist Kathie Hodge is an associate professor in the CALS School of Integrative Plant Science. She holds a BS from the University of Toronto and an MS and PhD from Cornell University.
"My focus," writes Kathie, "is on teaching and learning about the classification, evolution, and characterization of fungi. Fungi are a particularly poorly known group, with only about five percent of species formally described. My focus is in fungal biodiversity, especially of species that are pathogens of insects. I use molecular and morphological approaches to discover their relationships, devise classification systems, and understand factors that have driven their evolution."
Kathie teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on fungi and directs the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium (CUP), a world-class collection that documents the earth's diversity of fungi and plant disease organisms.