Antonio's research and collaborations have mostly centered around the ecology of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) communities in mixed species forest, primarily in the Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest.
Antonio received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in June 2004 and worked as a post doc in Mark Mazzola's lab at the Agricultural Research Service (USDA) in Wenatchee, Washington. His work there examined how soil bacteria and fungi enhance or suppress plant disease.
In August of 2007, Antonio joined the faculty at Elon University in Elon North Carolina.
Research interests at UC Berkeley
- ECM community structure in mixed-species forests
- spatial structure of active ECM and spore bank communities
- common mycelial networks in mixed species forests
- role of host diversity in generating ECM diversity
- contribution of hypogeous fungi to ECM communities
- effects of heat on spore bank reactivity
- effects of forest management on ECM community structure
- fine root distribution in complex forests
- hypogeous fungi on roots and in the small mammal diet
Teaching Study sites
- Sierra mixed conifer
- Coastal mixed evergreen
- Mt Tamalpais (images)