Plant Pathology Graduate Program

Sydney I. Glassman


Sydney Glassman
Office: 951-827-6727
Boyce Hall 2469
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Email: sydney.glassman@ucr.edu

Sydney I. Glassman

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, Advisor: Prof. Tom Bruns, May 2016
  • M.E.S University of Pennsylvania, Environmental Biology, Advisor: Prof. Brenda Casper, August 2010
  • B.A. University of Pennsylvania, Biology, Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2008. Summa Cum Laude & Distinction in Biology

Biography & Research Interests

Website: https://sydneyglassman.wordpress.com/
My research focuses on understanding patterns and processes governing microbial diversity, and their ecosystem functions such as terrestrial symbioses and decomposition. I am interested in microbial biogeography and fungal symbioses. I am particularly interested in how dispersal and disturbances such as wildfires and invasive pathogens affect microbial succession and community composition. I specialize in fungi, particularly ectomycorrhizal fungi, but I am broadly interested in fungal ecology and how fungal-bacterial and fungal-plant interactions shape fungal ecology. I look forward to developing a field-based course in mushroom and fungal identification. I will be starting my lab in Fall 2018 - I am looking for promising researchers (undergrads, graduate students, post-docs, technicians) to join my lab! Please email me at sydney.glassman@ucr.edu




Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley 2016

Mycological Society of America Graduate Fellowship 2014

Mycological Society of San Francisco Graduate Scholarship 2014

Mildred E Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant 2013

Sonoma County Mycological Association Graduate Scholarship 2013

Mycological Society of American Forest Fungal Ecology Research Award 2013



S.I. Glassman and J.B.H. Martiny. 2018. Ecological patterns are robust to use of exact sequence variants versus operational taxonomic units. mSphere. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00148-18

R. H. Nilsson, A. F.S. Taylor, R.I. Adams, C. Baschien, J. Bengtsson-Palme, P. Cangren, C. Coleine, H.M. Daniel, S.I. Glassmanet al. 2018. Taxonomic annotation of public fungal ITS sequences from the built environment – a report from an April 10-11, 2017 workshop (Aberdeen, UK). MycoKeys 28: 65-92. https://doi.org/10.3897/mycokeys.28.20887.

Glassman, S.I., I.J. Wang, and T.D. Bruns. 2017. Environmental filtering by pH andsoil nutrients drives community assembly in fungi at fine spatial scales. Molecular Ecology 26 (24): 6960-6973. Doi: 10.1111/mec.14414.

Livne-Luzon, S., G. Weber, Y. Avidan, H. Migael, S.I. Glassman, T.D. Bruns, O. Ovadia, H. Shemesh. 2017. Small-scale spatial variability in the distribution of ectomycorrhizal fungi affects plant performance. Ecology Letters 20 (9): 1192-1202.

Glassman, S.I., K.C. Lubetkin, J.A. Chung, and T.D. Bruns. 2017. The theory of island biogeography applies to ectomycorrhizal fungi in subalpine tree ‘islands’ at a fine scale. Ecosphere 8:2. Doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1677.

Rosenthal, L.M., S. Branco, J.A. Chung, S.I. Glassman, H.L. Liao, K.G. Peay, D.P. Smith, J.M.Talbot, J.W. Taylor, E.C. Vellinga, R. Vilgalys, and T.D. Bruns. 2017. Survey of athelioid corticioid fungi in North American pinaceous forests reveals hyperdiversity, underpopulated sequence databases, and species that are potentially ectomycorrhizal. Mycologia. Doi: 10.1080/00275514.2017.1281677.

Glassman, S.I., C.R. Levine, A.M. DiRocco, J.J. Battles, and T.D. Bruns. 2016. Ectomycorrhizal fungal spore bank recovery after a severe forest fire: Some like it hot. ISME J (10):1228-1239.

Glassman, S.I., K.G. Peay, J.M. Talbot, D.P. Smith, J.A. Chung, J.W. Taylor, R. Vilgalys, and T.D. Bruns. 2015. A continental view of pine-associated ectomycorrhizal fungal spore banks: a quiescent functional guild with a strong biogeographic pattern. New Phytologist (4):1619-1631.

Shrestha, P., A. Ibanez, S. Bauer, S.I. Glassman, T.M. Szaro, T.D. Bruns, and J.W. Taylor. 2015. Fungi isolated from Miscanthus and sugarcane: Biomass conversion, fungal enzymes and hydrolysis of plant cell wall polymers. Biotechnology for Biofuels 8:38.

Talbot, J.M., T.D. Bruns, J.W. Taylor, D.P. Smith, S. Branco, S.I. Glassman, S. Erlandson, R. Vilgalys, H.L. Liao, M.E. Smith, and K.G. Peay. 2014. Endemism and functional convergence across the North American soil mycobiome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(17): 6341-6346.

Glassman, S.I. and B.B. Casper. 2012. Biotic contexts alter metal sequestration and AMF effects on plant growth in soils polluted with heavy metals. Ecology 93(7): 1550-1559.

Talbot, J.M., T.D. Bruns, D.P. Smith, S. Branco, S.I. Glassman, S. Erlandson, R. Vilgalys, and K.G. Peay. 2012. Independent roles of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic communities in soil organic matter decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 57(2013): 282-291.

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