ST. PAUL, Minn. – Dr. D. Jean Lodge of the Northern Research Station was presented with the Distinguished Mycologist Award by the Mycological Society of America on July 19, 2017, as part of the annual MSA meeting in Athens, Georgia.
Lodge was recognized as a “… remarkably integrative, innovative, and creative mycologist with uncommon knowledge of tropical forest systems.” She began working for the USDA-Forest Service Center for Forest Mycology Research, located at the Forest Products Laboratory, in 1992 and has been stationed in Puerto Rico as a tropical mycologist. Lodge is part of the Station’s Biological and Environmental Influences on Forest Health and Productivity research work unit.
Throughout her professional life Lodge has worked at the forefront of fungal ecology, systematics, and tropical biology and has over 150 publications. The MSA award noted her “… energy, creativity, engagement with the natural world, forward-thinking research, top-quality collaborations, and exceptional mentorship of junior scientists.” Lodge’s work has emphasized partnership among diverse agencies and stakeholders, colleagues and students, and synergistic groups of peers. Her work on documenting fungal biodiversity has resulted in databases that reach across disciplinary and national boundaries, greatly advancing the cause of mycology and role of mycologists in conservation, ecology, and policy-making on a global scale.