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AnnePringle
2011–2012
Radcliffe Alumnae Fellow
Harvard University
Biology
Understanding Life and Death in a Petersham Cemetery: The Demography of Lichens

Anne Pringle explores the evolutionary biology and ecology of fungi, organisms whose growth and movements seem very different from our own. She is currently focused on how populations of symbiotic, modular organisms establish across landscapes. She is an associate professor in Harvard University’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

Over the past seven years, Pringle has collected data detailing the birth, growth, and death of lichens on the tombstones of a New England cemetery. During her Radcliffe Institute fellowship, she will use these data to build a demography.

After graduating with a PhD in botany and genetics from Duke University, Pringle moved to the University of California at Berkeley as a fellow of the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science. She began work at Harvard in 2005, and in 2010 won the Mycological Society of America’s C. J. Alexopolous Prize, given to a distinguished early-career mycologist. In 2011, she was awarded an Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard University’s Graduate Student Council.

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