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About Merlin M. White

Dr. Merlin White joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University in 2007 after earning a Ph.D. in Botany (Mycology) from the University of Kansas.
Dr. White's research aims to understand the unique association of obligate endosymbionts (“gut fungi”), which can be found worldwide, attached variously to the digestive tract of their (non-predaceous) arthropod hosts. His research has taken him throughout the United States and Canada, and as far afield as Mexico and Norway.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University Department of Biological Sciences

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Honors and Awards

  • 2011-2014: Co-PI, National Science Foundation Biological Research Collections Grant Award, "Southwest Idaho: The Comprehensive Herbaria", $365,815
  • 2009-2012: PI, National Science Foundation Revisionary Syntheses in Systematics Grant Award, "Phylogenetic and Revisionary Systematics of Early-Diverging, Ecologically Unique Clades of Fungi, Harpellales and Asellariales", $410,000
  • 2010-2011: Co-PI, USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program Award Project, "Functional Biodiversity of Native Mycorrhizae During Early Development of Big Sagebrush: A Step(pe) Towards Restoring Sagebrush Ecosystems", $149,451


  • BIOL 192 General Biology II
  • BIOL 330 Mycology Lecture & Laboratory
  • BIOL 498/598 Graduate Seminar “Rivers & Microbes"

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