About me

My name is Brett Younginger, postdoc at Washington State University investigating plant-microbe ecology and evolution. AsĀ an avid lover of plants, fungi and microbes, I am devoting this passion into a research and teaching career where I can advance our knowledge of plant microbial communities, while assisting students in advancing their scientific skills. As a former high school science teacher, I have leveraged my education expertise to develop curriculum for small group learning activities in introductory biology courses at Portland State University. In addition, I have served as the assistant lecture instructor in these large courses and deliver lessons nested in my research while covering a broad range of biological content.

Although my work focuses on microfungi that associate with ferns and legume-rhizobia symbioses, I also pursue other community ecology projects in different systems. Check out some of my projects here. Ferns are a fascinating group of plants with a rich evolutionary history and I have come to appreciate the fungi that colonize them as equally fascinating.


Thoughts on plants, their fungal symbionts and more