A. Elizabeth Arnold

Professor, Plant Sciences

Office Location: Marley 822D
Lab Location: Marley 804


Positions and Education: 

2015-present    Professor, School of Plant Sciences, The University of Arizona

                          Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology                           

                          Professor, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics

                          Curator, Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium

2010-2015       Associate Professor and Curator, as above

2005-2010       Assistant Professor and Curator, as above

2003-2004       National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow: Microbial Biology, Duke University

2002                 Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona      

Honors and Awards: 

2017     Warren Herb Wagner Lecturer in Plant Evolution, University of Michigan

2016     William H. Weston Award for Outstanding Teaching, Mycological Society of America

2016     Fellow, Bart Cardon Academy of Teaching Excellence, The University of Arizona

2014     Outstanding Seminar Speaker, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Graduate Student


2013     1885 Distinguished Scholar, The University of Arizona

2013     Staff Award for Excellence, Women in Science and Engineering

2012     Alexopoulos Prize, Outstanding Early Career Mycologist, Mycological Society of America

2011     Buller Medal, Outstanding Young Mycologist in North America, International Mycological


2011     David E. Cox Teaching Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of


Editorial Work: 

Executive Editor, Mycologia

Co-editor, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution: Coevolution

Associate Editor, American Journal of Botany

Subject Editor, Biotropica

Research Interests: 

Community ecology, evolutionary ecology, mycology, tropical biology, microbial ecology

Selected Publications: 

  1. Sarmiento, C., P.-C. Zalamea, J.W. Dalling, A.S. Davis, S.M. Stump, J.M. U’Ren, A.E. Arnold. 2017. Soilborne fungi have host affinity and host-specific effects on seed germination and survival in a lowland tropical forest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, in press.
  2. Shaffer, J.P., J.M. U’Ren, D.A. Baltrus, R.E. Gallery, A.E. Arnold. 2017. An endohyphal bacterium (Chitinophaga, Bacteroidetes) influences carbon source use by Fusarium keratoplasticum (F. solani species complex, Nectriaceae). Frontiers in Microbiology 8: e350.
  3. Baltrus, D.A., K. Dougherty, K.R. Arendt, M. Huntemann, A. Clum, M. Pillay, K. Palaniappan, N. Varghese, N. Mikhailova, D. Stamatis, T.B.K. Reddy, C.Y. Ngan, C. Daum, N. Shapiro, V. Markowitz, N. Ivanova, N. Kyrpides, T. Woyke, A.E. Arnold. 2017. Absence of genome reduction in diverse, facultative endohyphal bacteria. Microbial Genomics 3: 000101.
  4. U’Ren, J.M., J. Miadlikowska, N. Zimmerman, F. Lutzoni, J. Stajich, A.E. Arnold. 2016. Contributions of North American endophytes to the phylogeny, ecology, and taxonomy of the Xylariaceae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 98: 210-232.
  5. Bascom-Slack, C., A.E. Arnold, S.A. Strobel. 2012. Student-directed discovery of the plant microbiome and its products. Science 338: 485-486.