Jessie A. Glaeser
Research Plant Pathologist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
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• Decontamination protocols to prevent human transmission of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causal agent of white-nose syndrome of bats.
• Assessing temperature optima of forest fungi to predict their adaptability to climate change.
• Wood decay fungi and hazard tree assessment.
• Growth of wood decay fungi in wood-plastic composites.
• Identification and biosystematics of brown-rot wood decay fungi.
• Risk and pathway assessment for the introduction of exotic pathogens that could affect Hawaii's native forests.
• Biology, ecology and management of invasive and native forest fungal pathogens.
• Effect of climate change on the distribution and adaptability of forest fungi.
• Decay colonization patterns of wood and the development of spalting patterns.
• Movement and establishment of invasive fungal species.
• White-nose syndrome of bats.
• The resolution of the Endothia and Cryphonectria controversy, including a reassessment and final taxonomic disposition of the chestnut blight pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica.
• Biosystematics of Peronosclerospora species – potentially invasive pathogens of corn and sugar cane.
• Physiology of brown rot decay.
• The decomposition of forest products in landfills.
• The use of wood extractives for the control of wood decay fungi.
• Development of preventative and remedial mold treatments for building materials.
• Decay fungi and forest health - decay patterns of Lutz spruce in Alaska.
• Pest risk assessments of importing pine and eucalyptus logs and wood chips from Australia.
• Fungal biodiversity and climate change.
• Assessment of the distribution of Heterobasidion irregulare in the Upper Midwest (USA).
Why This Research is Important
Certain fungi are pathogenic to trees and forest wildlife, causing losses in forest ecosystems and forest productivity. Under ordinary conditions, forests are well suited to survive and thrive, even when exposed to organisms that cause disease or to episodes of environmental stress. The introduction of invasive pathogens, for which native organisms have no inherent genetic resistance, can result in massive loss of productivity and devastation to forest ecosystems. Invasive species are often introduced from other countries or from other ecosystems within the US. A thorough study of pathways associated with the introduction of potentially invasive insects and pathogens is needed to prevent tree death and decline.
Fungi are also the main decomposers of wood and leaf litter – these fungi are termed “saprotrophs.” Decayed wood and leaves contribute to soil organic matter, and hence directly to soil carbon sequestration. Decay products also indirectly contribute to carbon sequestration through positive effects on soil fertility and forest productivity. In most forests, the impact of forest management on the populations and functions of these pathogenic and nutrient-cycling fungi is unknown. Accurate identification of the fungal species involved, their relationships, and their biological activity are required to understand and assess the impacts of forest management practices, invasive species, and global climate change on forest health and productivity.The fungi associated with urban forests also need to be characterized.This knowledge is beneficial to arborists who must perform hazard tree assessments.
Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causal agent of White Nose Syndrome, has killed over 6 million bats in eastern North America since the disease was first observed in 2006. Bats are a critical component of the ecosystem, primarily because of their impact on insect populations. One possible mode of pathogen transmission is human-mediated movement among hibernacula (caves and mines) – e.g., on the shoes, clothes and equipment of tourists and the caving community. Efficient and inexpensive protocols are necessary for cave visitors to clean their clothing and equipment to prevent transmission of this devastating pathogen.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D. Plant Pathology. 1985
- Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Doylestown, PA., B.S. Agronomy. 1979
- Research Plant Pathologist/Supervisory Plant Pathologist, U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory/Northern Research Station, Madison, WI
1985 - Current
Studies the biosystematics, ecology and physiology of forest fungal pathogens and saprotrophs.
- Post-doctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, stationed at ARS facility, Forest Detrick, Frederick, MD.
1984 - 1985
Studied the biosystematics of non-native pathogenic downy mildew pathogens of corn and sugar cane under containment facilities.
- International Society of Arboriculture (2010 - Current)
Invited speaker at regional and international meetings.
- Western International Forest Disease Working Committee (1998 - Current)
Secretary and member of the program committee of the Hazard Tree Committee. Involved with organizing Hazard Tree Workshops (2010, 2013, 2016).
- International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society (1997 - Current)
Member of the Editorial Board. Responsible for reviewing submitted manuscripts for International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Journal.
- Mycological Society of America (1986 - Current)
Served as Executive Vice President from 2009-2012. Responsible for all correspondence and documentation of business meetings and worked to ensure smooth administrative operation of the Society.
Awards & Recognition
- Mycological Society of America - Fellow Award, 2015
For outstanding contribution to mycology and service to the Mycological Society of America.
- US Forest Service Spot Award, 2015
For team leadership.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 2014
Secretary of NRS Civil Rights Committee (2011-2014).
- US Forest Service Spot Award, 2013
For team leadership.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 2006
Team award for customer service.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 2005
Team award for customer service.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 2004
- USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service Certificate of Merit, 2001
"For commitment to safeguarding demonstrated by contributions as a member of the Science and Technology Committee."
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 1998
For exceeding requirements of the position.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 1996
For exceeding the requirements of the position.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 1995
For exceeding requirements of the position.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 1994
For exceeding requirements of the position.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 1992
From WO staff for writing "Good Laboratory Practices" chapters for Forest Service Handbook and Manual.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 1990
For service as Federal Women's Program Manager.
- Cunningham Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1983
Stipend provided for continuing graduate studies.
- National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1979
Stipend award for graduate studies.
Featured Publications & Products
- Garvie, Laurence A.J.; Wilkens, Barry; Groy, Thomas L.; Glaeser, Jessie A. 2015. Substantial production of drosophilin A methyl ether (tetrachloro-1,4-dimethoxybenzene) by the lignicolous basidiomycete Phellinus badius in the heartwood of mesquite (Prosopis juliflora) trees.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Smith, Kevin T. 2013. Decay fungi of riparian trees in the Southwestern U.S..
- Glaeser, J.A.; Nakasone, K.K.; Lodge, D.J.; Ortiz-Santana, B.; Lindner, D.L. 2013. The culture collection and herbarium of the Center for Forest Mycology Research: A national resource.
- Smith, Kevin T.; Glaeser, Jessie A. 2013. Skeleton decay in red cedar.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Smith, Kevin T. 2010. Decay fungi of oaks and associated hardwoods for western arborists.
- Kliejunas, John T.; Geils, Brian W.; Glaeser, Jessie Micales; Goheen, Ellen Michaels; Hennon, Paul; Kim, Mee-Sook; Kope, Harry; Stone, Jeff; Sturrock, Rona; Frankel, Susan J. 2009. Review of literature on climate change and forest diseases of western North America.
- Banik, M.T.; Lindner, D.L.; Juzwik, J.; Glaeser, J.A. 2013. Use of DNA sequencing to detect pathogenic, saprotrophic, and stain fungi in sapwood of declining red pine (Pinus resinosa) in the Upper Midwest.
- Lindner, Daniel L.; Gargas, Andrea; Lorch, Jeffrey M.; Banik, Mark T.; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Kunz, Thomas H.; Blehert, David S. 2011. DNA-based detection of the fungal pathogen Geomyces destructans in soils from bat hibernacula.
- Glaeser, Jessie A. 2012. Online resources for the identification of North American wood decay fungi.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Nakasone, Karen K. 2010. Recent change in the nomenclature of Phellinus pini: What is Porodaedalea.
- Haight, John-Erich ; Nakasone, Karen K.; Laursen, Gary A.; Redhead, Scott A.; Taylor, D. Lee; Glaeser, Jessie A. 2019. Fomitopsis mounceae and F. schrenkii two new species from North America in the F. pinicola complex.
- Maynard, Daniel S.; Bradford, Mark A.; Lindner, Daniel L.; van Diepen, Linda T. A.; Frey, Serita D.; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Crowther, Thomas W. 2017. Diversity begets diversity in competition for space.
- Ibach, Rebecca; Gnatowski, Marek; Sun, Grace; Glaeser, Jessie; Leung, Mathew; Haight, John. 2017. Laboratory and environmental decay of wood plastic composite boards: flexural properties.
- McCluskey, Kevin; Barker, Katharine B.; Barton, Hazel A.; Boundy-Mills, Kyria; Brown, Daniel R.; Coddington, Jonathan A.; Cook, Kevin; Desmeth, Philippe; Geiser, David; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Greene, Stephanie; Kang, Seogchan; Lomas, Michael W.; Melcher, Ulrich; Miller, Scott E.; Nobles, David R.; Owens, Kristina J.; Reichman, Jerome H.; da Silva, Manuela; Wertz, John; Whitworth, Cale; Smith, David; Lindow, Steven E. 2017. The U.S. Culture Collection Network Responding to the Requirements of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing.
- Smith, Kevin T.; Glaeser, Jessie A. 2017. Wood decay and the cleanup crew.
- Ebanyenle, Emmanuel; Burton, Andrew J.; Storer, Andrew J.; Richter, Dana L.; Glaeser, Jessie A. 2016. Elevated tropospheric CO2 and O3 may not alter initial wood decomposition rate or wood-decaying fungal community composition of Northern hardwoods.
- Ibach, Rebecca; Sun, Grace; Gnatowski, Marek; Glaeser, Jessie; Leung, Mathew; Haight, John. 2016. Exterior Decay of Wood-Plastic Composite Boards: Characterization and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
- Sun, Grace; Ibach, Rebecca E.; Faillace, Meghan; Gnatowski, Marek; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Haight, John. 2016. Laboratory and exterior decay of wood plastic composite boards: voids analysis and computed tomography.
- Haight, John; Laursen, Gary A.; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Taylor, D. Lee. 2016. Phylogeny of Fomitopsis pinicola: A species complex.
- McCluskey, K.; Alvarez, A.; Bennett, R.; Bokati, D.; Boundy-Mills, K.; Brown, D. D.; Bull, C. T.; Coffey, M.; Dreaden, T.; Duke, C.; Dye, G.; Ehmke, E.; Eversole, K.; Fenstermacher, K.; Geiser, D.; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Greene, S.; Gribble, L.; Griffith, M. P.; Hanser, K.; Humber, R.; Johnson, B. W.; Kermode, A.; Krichevsky, M.; Laudon, M.; Leach, J.; Leslie, J.; May, M.; Melcher, U.; Nobles, D.; Fonseca, N. R.; Robinson, S.; Ryan, M.; Scott, J.; Silflow, C.; Vidaver, A.; Webb, K. M.; Wertz, J. E.; Yentsch, S.; Zehr, S. 2016. The U.S culture collection network lays the foundation for progress in preservation of valuable microbial resources.
- McCluskey, Kevin; Alvarez, Anne; Bennett, Rick; Bokati, Deepak; Boundy-Mills, Kyria; Brown, Daniel; Bull, Carolee T.; Coffey, Michael; Dreaden, Tyler; Duke, Clifford; Dye, Greg; Ehmke, Erin; Eversole, Kellye; Fenstermacher, Kristi; Geiser, David; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Greene, Stephanie; Gribble, Lisa; Griffith, M. Patrick; Hanser, Kathryn; Humber, Richard; Johnson, Barbara W.; Kermode, Anthony; Krichevsky, Micah; Laudon, Matt; Leach, Jan; Leslie, John; May, Meghan; Melcher, Ulrich; Nobles, David; Fonseca, Natalia Risso; Robinson, Sara; Ryan, Matthew; Scott, James; Silflow, Carolyn; Vidaver, Anne; Webb, Kimberly M.; Wertz, John E.; Yentsch, Sara; Zehr, Sarah. 2016. The U.S.Culture Collection Network lays the foundation for progress in preservation of valuable microbial resources.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Pfeiffer, Martin J.; Lindner, Daniel L. 2016. White-Nose Syndrome of bats.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Smith, Kevin T. 2016. Wood decay fungi of subalpine conifer forests.
- DeNitto, Gregg A.; Cannon, Philip; Eglitis, Andris; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Maffei, Helen; Smith, Sheri. 2015. Risk and pathway assessment for the introduction of exotic insects and pathogens that could affect Hawai'i's native forests.
- Richter, Dana L.; Glaeser, Jessie A. 2015. Wood decay by Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Nyl.) Kanouse (Helotiales, Leotiaceae) and associated basidiomycete fungi.
- Sun, Grace; Ibach, Rebecca; Gnatowski, Marek; Glaeser, Jessie; Leung, Mathew; Haight, John. 2014. Modern Instrumental Methods to Investigate the Mechanism of Biological Decay in Wood Plastic Composites.
- Kirker, Grant T.; Glaeser, Jessie; Lebow, Stan T.; Green III, Frederick; Clausen, Carol A. 2011. Physical deterioration of preservative treated poles and pilings exposed to salt water.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Smith, Kevin T. 2010. Decay fungi associated with oaks and other hardwoods in the western United States.
- Winandy, Jerrold E.; Muehl, James H.; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Schmidt, Walter. 2007. Chicken feather fiber as an additive in MDF composites.
- Kliejunas, John T; Burdsall, Harold H.; DeNitto, Gregg A.; Eglitis, Andris; Haugen, Dennis A.; Haverty, Michael I.; Micales-Glaeser, Jessie A. 2006. Pest risk assessment of the importation into the United States of unprocessed Pinus logs and chips from Australia.
- Czederpiltz, D.L.L.; Wikler, K.; Radmacher, M.R.; Volk, T.J.; Hadar, Y.; Micales, J. 2004. Biodiversity of wood-inhabiting fungi in Israeli pine forests.
- Micales-Glaeser, Jessie A.; Lloyd, Jeffrey D.; Woods, Thomas L. 2004. Efficacy of didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride (DDAC), disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT), and chlorothalonil (CTL) against common mold fungi.
- Kliejunas, John T.; Burdsall, Harold H., Jr.; DeNitto, Gregg A.; Eglitis, Andris; Haugen, Dennis A.; Harverty, Michael I.; Micales, Jessie A.; Powell, Mark R. 2003. Pest risk assessment of the importation into the United States of unprocessed logs and chips of eighteen Eucalypt species from Australia..
- Winandy, Jerold E.; Muehl, James H.; Micales, Jessie A.; Raina, Ashok; Schmidt, Walter. 2003. Potential of chicken feather fibre in wood MDF composites.
- Micales, Jessie A. 2002. What do you need to know to get started with wood and fish waste composting.
- Nicholls, David; Richard, Thomas; Micales, Jesse A. 2002. Wood and fish residuals composting in Alaska.
- Celimene, Catherine C.; Micales, Jessie A.; Ferge, Leslie; Young, Raymond A. 1999. Efficacy of pinosylvins against white-rot and brown-rot fungi.
|DNA Tool Detects White-Nose Syndrome Fungus in Bat Caves|
NRS scientists Daniel Lindner and Jessie Glaeser are collaborating with the USGS Wildlife Health Laboratory in Madison, WI, to characterize the ...
|Detection of Heterbasidion Root Disease Using Genetic Fingerprinting|
Heterobasidion root rot is a significant pathogen in the red pine plantations of the midwestern U.S. Little is known about its distribution. For ...
|Managing Wood Decay in the Urban Forest|
Arborists need tools to help identify patterns of wood decay as part of tree risk analysis and decisions on the proper care of urban and communi ...
|Preventing human-based transmission of white-nose syndrome of bats.|
Over six million bats have died in eastern North America from white-nose syndrome since the disease was first observed in 2006. Forest Service s ...
|Team assesses invasive species threat to Hawaii and other U.S. ports of entry|
Introduced through pathways of international trade and tourism, invasive insects and pathogens can strike anywhere. The Hawaiian Islands are esp ...
|Web-enabled Database for Center for Forest Mycology Research Expanded|
The culture collection and herbarium maintained by the Center of Forest Mycology Research (CFMR) in Madison, Wisconsin is one of the largest fun ...
|Wood Decay Fungus Forms Toxic Organohalogen Crystals in Mesquite|
A Forest Service scientist identified toxic organohalogen crystals formed by fungi in decaying mesquite. Charcoal production and forest fires i ...