Sasha Vivelo received their PhD in biology from Boston University in 2021. Because fungi cycle up to three times more carbon than humans do annually, fungal ecology is a crucial piece of the global climate puzzle. However, we currently have limited understanding of what drives fungal activity. Sasha's research aims to link fungal decomposers' biology to their evolutionary history so we can better understand what drives fungal community assembly during fungal decomposer succession. Sasha is also a novelist and short story author whose fiction speculates on humanity's future in a changing climate.
Ph D, Boston University
Biogeoscience Graduate Certificate, Boston University
Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing, Boston University
MS, California State University
MA, California State University
BA, Columbia College
Vivelo, A., Bhatnagar, J.M. (2019). An evolutionary signal to fungal succession during plant litter decay. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.
Vivelo, A. (2021). The patterns and drivers of fungal decomposer succession. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.
Fast fungi and chitin cannibals: growth rate and enzymes help structure decomposer successionVivelo, A. Biogeoscience Symposium, Boston, MA (2020)
The genomic signature to fungal decomposer successionVivelo, A. MassMyco, Cambridge, MA (2018)
The genomic signature to fungal decomposer successionVivelo, A. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2018)
Fungal succession during leaf litter decay has deep evolutionary roots: a meta-analysisVivelo, A. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR (2017)
The fungal role in carbon cycling and climateVivelo, A. Tiny Great Outdoors Festival, Somerville, MA (2017)
Meta-analysis of fungal succession during plant litter decay Vivelo, A. Microbiome Symposium, Boston, MA (2017)