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Lori M. Carris


Lori Carris
Office: Johnson Hall 329
Lab: Johnson Hall 328

Tel.: (509)335-3733
Fax: (509)335-9581

Research Specialty and Interests

The biology and systematics of plant pathogenic fungi, with emphasis on smut fungi (Tilletia and allied genera). Research on Tilletia species focuses on species complexes infecting cultivated (Triticum, LoliumPoaFestuca, etc.) and wild grass hosts (Apera, Bromus, Poa, Vulpia, etc.) using morphological, cytological and molecular methods.  Current research also on diversity and mitosporic stages of morels, false morels and allied taxa in the Pacific Northwest.


  • Keynote Speaker, Fall Convocation, August 17, 2012, Washington State University
  • Recipient, 2012 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction, Washington State University
  • Recipient, 2011 William H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching, Mycological Society of America
  • Recipient, 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award, American Phytopathological Society
  • Recipient, 2010 R. M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University
  • Recipient, WSU Association for Faculty Women 2009 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award
  • Recipient, WSU 2009 Woman of Distinction
  • 2007 Mentor of the Year, Teaching Faculty, WSU Women & Leadership Forum
  • American Association for Advancement of Science
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • Association for Faculty Women
  • British Mycological Society
  • Mycological Society of American
  • North American Mycological Association

Selected Publications

  • Stewart, J. Andrew, M., Bao, X., Chilvers, M. I., Carris, L.M., Peever, T. L. 2013.  Development and utility of sequence characterized amplified genomic regions (SCAR) for lower-level fungal systematics:  Proof of principle using AlternariaAscochyta and Tilletia.  Mycologia 105 (in press)
  • Pagliaccia, D., Douhan G.W., Douhan L., Peever, T.L., Carris, L.M., Kerrigan J. L.  2011.  Development of molecular markers and preliminary investigation of the population structure and mating system in one lineage of the black morels (Morchella elata) group in the Pacific Northwestern USA.  Mycologia 103:  969-982.
  • Bao, X., Carris, L.M., Huang, G., Luo, J., Liu, Y., Castlebury, L.A.  2010.  Tilletia puccinelliae, a new species of reticulate-spored bunt fungus infecting Puccinellia distans.  Mycologia 102:  613-623.
  • Carris, L.M., Castlebury, L.A., Zale, J. 2008. First report of Tilletia pulcherrima bunt on switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) in Texas.  Plant Disease 92:1707.
  • Carris, L. M. and Castlebury, L. A.  2008.  Is rye bunt, Tilletia secalis, present in North America?  North American Fungi 3: 147-159  doi: 10.2509/naf2008.003.0078
  • Richardson, B. A., Klopfenstein, N. B.,  Zambino, P. J.,  McDonald,  G. I., Geils, B. W., and  Carris, L. M.  2008.  Influence of host resistance on the genetic structure of the white pine blister rust fungus in the western U.S.A. Phytopathology 98:  413-420.
  • Carris, Lori M., Lisa A. Castlebury, Guoming Huang, Steve Alderman, Jiafeng Luo and Xiaodong Bao.  2007. Tilletia vankyi, a new species of reticulate-spored bunt fungus with non-conjugating basidiospores infecting species of Festuca and Lolium (pdf).  Mycological Research 111: 1386-1398.
  • Carris, L.M., Castlebury, L.A. and Goates, B.J.  2006. Nonsystemic bunt fungi-Tilletia indica and T. horrida:  A review of history, systematics and biology (pdf).  Annual Review of Phytopathology 44:
  • Castlebury, L. A., L. M. Carris and K. Vánky.  2005. Phylogenetic analysis of Tilletia and allied genera in order Tilletiales (Ustilaginales; Exobasidiomycetidae) based on nuclear LSU rDNA sequences (pdf).  Mycologia 97:  888-900.
  • T. L. Peever, L. Carpenter-Boggs,  L. W. Timmer, L. M. Carris and A. Bhatia.  2005.  Phylogenetic and pathogenic investigation of Alternaria spp. causing black rot of citrus.  Phytopathology 95: 512-518.
  • Hoff, J. A, N. B. Klopfenstein, G. I. McDonald, J. R. Tonn, P.J. Zambino, P. F. Hessburg, J. D. Rogers, T. L. Peever and L. M. Carris.  2004.  Fungal endophytes in woody roots of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).  Forest Pathology 34: 1-17.
  • Hoff, J.A., N.B. Klopfenstein, G.I. McDonald, J.R. Tonn, P.J. Zambino, J.D. Rogers, T.L. Peever and L.M. Carris. 2004.  Roles of Woody Rot-Associated Fungi in Forest Ecosystem Processes: Recent Advances in Fungal Identification. United States Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service Research Paper RMRS-RP-47, July 2004.
  • Crous, P.W., A. B. Van Jaarsveld, L. A. Castlebury, L. M. Carris, R. D. Frederick and Z. A. Pretorius.  2001.  Karnal bunt of wheat newly reported from the African continent.  Plant Disease 85:  561.
  • Levy, L., L. A. Castlebury, L. M. Carris, R. J. Meyer and G. Pimentel.  2001.  Internal transcribed spacer sequence-based phylogeny and polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism differentiation of Tilletia walkeri and T. indica.  Phytopathology 91:  935-940.
  • Pimentel, G., L. M. Carris and T. L. Peever. 2000. Characterization of interspecific hybrids between Tilletia controversa and T. bromi. Mycologia 92: 411-420.
  • Pimentel, G., T. L. Peever and L. M. Carris. 2000. Genetic variation among natural populations of Tilletia controversa and T. bromi. Phytopathology 90: 376-383
  • Castlebury, L. A. and L. M. Carris. 1999. Tilletia walkeri, a new species on Lolium multiflorum and L. perenne. Mycologia 91: 121-131.
  • Doan, M. C. and L. M. Carris. 1999. Characterization of Fusarium populations in asparagus fields in the Pacific Northwest. Acta Hort. 479: 219-225.
  • Carris, L. M. and R. A. Humber. 1998. Neozygites parvispora, an entomophthoralean pathogen of Limothrips sp. associated with Lolium multiflorum in Oregon. Mycologia 90: 565-568.
  • Pimentel, G., L. M. Carris, L. Levy and R. J. Meyer. 1998. Genetic variability among isolates of Tilletia barclayana, T. indica, and allied species based on RAPD and PCR-RFLP analysis. Mycologia 90: 1017-1027.


General Mycology PlP 521-offered alternate fall semesters (odd years)

Advanced Fungal Biology PlP 526 -offered alternate spring semesters (even years)

Molds, Mildews and Mushrooms: The Fifth Kingdom PlP150 -offered every spring semester

Other Teaching Activities

UH 390 Global Issues in Science

Spring mushroom classes for the Moscow ID Parks & Recreation

Mushroom forays for Palouse Mycological Association.

Professional Activities

Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Washington State University (2013-)

Executive Vice President of the Mycological Society of America (2012-2015)