Romina Gazis Olivas
PhD candidate, University of Maryland
M.S. Student, Environmental Sciences
Texas Christian University, 2007
Andes to Amazon Botany Program
B.S., Biological Sciences, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Peru, 2003
Romina was one of the first M.S. students to participate in the new graduate
research and education program between TCU and BRIT. Romina continued her long-term studies of the diversity and ecology of
mushrooms and entomopathenogenic (entomophagous) fungi along an
elevational gradient in the Andes-Amazon region of southeastern Peru.
She began her M.S. program in the TCU Environmental Sciences program
in August 2004 after finishing her B.S. in Biology. For her biology
thesis she conducted a three-month monitoring and inventory study of
the fungi of the Los Amigos Biological Station and Conservation Area.
She completed her thesis in June 2004. Results of her undergraduate
work have led to one scientific manuscript about the entomopathenogenic
fungi of Los Amigos, with new records for Peru, that will be published
this year. She has a preliminary Guide to the Macrofungi of Los Amigos
that she will continue to develop during her field studies at Los
Amigos in 2005-2006. She is also contributing data and images for the
mycological component of the project database.
After graduating from TCU, Romina began an intensive internship at the Chicago Field Museum. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program on fungi at the University of Maryland.
Gazis, R. 2007. An Annotated Checklist of the Xylariaceae of Madre de Dios, Peru.
Gazis, R. 2007. The Macromycete Diversity of the Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre
de Dios, Peru: A Preliminary Report. Biotropica or Mycologia.
. 2007. Pleasing Fungus Beetles (Coleoptera: Erotylidae) from the Peruvian
. 2007. Entomopathenogenic Fungi (Clavicipitaceae) from the Los Amigos
Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Gomez, L. and R. Gazis. 2006. Dos Gastromycetes (Basidiomycotina, Fungi) del Peru. Brenesia 65:71.
2007 - Inventory and
Monitoring of Macrofungal Diversity In the Amazon Region of Southeastern
Peru. TCU, Ft. Worth, TX
2006 - MACROMYCETES DIVERSITY FROM THE PERUVIAN AMAZON - Preliminary inventory
from the Biological Station "Los Amigos" Madre de Dios, Peru. MSA/APS/CPS Joint Meeting, Québec City,
2006 - Differentiating fungal species within the family Xylariaceae (Ascomycotina:
Fungi) from the Peruvian Amazon, Texas Microscopy conference, Fort worth, Texas
(Winner for Graduate Category).
2005 - Adkins Proposal, TCU, Fort Worth, Texas Brown
Bag, BRIT, Fort Worth, Texas