Terri Porter, Ph.D.


Biomonitoring 2.0 – Postdoctoral Research Fellow

McMaster University

My graduate research focused on using bulk soil sampling, amplicon sequencing techniques, and molecular phylogenetic methods to assess the diversity and distribution of several major fungal lineages. Postdoctoral research with the Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life project focused on the phylogenomics of the early diverging fungal lineages. As a part of the Biomonitoring 2.0 team, I am studying the performance of DNA sequence identification tools and their use with metagenomic datasets.


B.Sc. – University of Toronto, Mississauga (2002)

Ph.D. – University of Toronto, St.George (2008)


Select Publications

Nilsson RH, Tedersoo L, Abarenkov K, Ryberg M, Porter TM, et al. 2012. Five simple guidelines for establishing basic authenticity and reliability of newly generated fungal ITS sequences. Mycokeys 4:37-63.

Porter TM, Golding GB. 2012. Factors that affect large subunit ribosomal DNA amplification sequencing studies of fungal communities: classification method, primer choice, and error. PLos one 7(4): e35749.

Porter TM, Golding GB. 2011. Are similarity- or phylogeny-based methods more appropriate for classifying internal transcribed spacer (ITS) metagenomic amplicons? New Phytologist 192(3): 775-782.

Porter TM, Martin W, James TY, Longcore JE, Gleason FH, et al. 2011. Molecular phylogeny of the Blastocladiomycota (Fungi) based on nuclear ribosomal DNA. Fungal Biology 115(4-5): 381-392.

Porter TM, Skillman JE, Moncalvo JM. 2008. Fruting body and soil rDNA sampling detects complementary assemblage of Agaricomycotina (Basidomycota, Fungi) in a hemlock-dominated forest plot in southern Ontario. Molecular Ecology 17(13): 3037-3050.

Bidartondo MI, Porter TM, et al. 2008. Preserving accuracy in GenBank. Science 315: 1616.

Porter TM, Schadt CW, Rizvi L, Martin AP, Schmidt SK, Scott-Denton L, Vilgalys R, Moncalvo JM. 2008. Widespread occurrence and phylogenetic placement of a soil clone group adds a prominent new branch to the fungal tree of life. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46(2): 635-644.


Contact Information

McMaster University

Department of Biology, Life Sciences Bldg. #215

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1 CANADA

Phone: 905-525-9140 Ext. 23343




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