2021 Graduate Award Winner

Alejandro Huereca Delgado

Project: Unveiling the lichen flora and lichenicolous fungi.  Alejandro is a MSc Student in Biological Sciences on Toby Spribille’s team. His research is focused on detecting putative pollen-parasitic fungi associated with lichens in coniferous forests and alpine habitats of AB and BC. The Spribille Lab has evidence to suggest that such fungi have evaded detection until now in western Canada. If found to be widespread, such fungi could play a role in nitrogen cycling in nutrient-poor habitats.