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Michael Fulcher


Graduate Student

Plant Science Building, Room 423


December 2014, BSc, Environmental Horticulture, Virginia Tech

Graduate Advisor: Gary Bergstrom

Research Focus

My interests are in population biology, ecology, and the control of disease under diverse farm management regimes. The bulk of my work in the Bergstrom Lab centers around Fusarium graminearum, the fungal pathogen that causes Scab in small grains.

Current projects include:

  • A population genetics study examining genetic diversity in agricultural and non-agricultural spaces across multiple host species
  • Probing for the genetic basis of triazole fungicide resistance
  • Evaluating disease pressure in field crops grown conventionally and organically

Professional Experience

Prior to starting at Cornell as a graduate student, I spent three months at the USDA fungal systematics lab in Beltsville, MD, one summer working as a Cornell Summer Scholar, and two years as an undergraduate researcher at the Virginia Tech Plant Disease Clinic.

Awards and Honors

2015 - 1st Place, Undergraduate Poster Contest, APS-Potomac Division Annual Meeting

Elected and Appointed Offices

2016– President, Cornell Zymology Club
2015-2016– Graduate Student Association: Videographer, Social Committee Member, Chili Cook-off Committee Member

Professional Societies and Working Groups

American Phytopathological Society
  • Graduate Student Committee
  • North East Division Symposium Committee
Ecological Society of America
Mycological Society of America