I study mycology and microbial ecology, write about science, and swear a lot while attempting to write code and make scientific illustrations.

I’m currently a fourth-year PhD cantidate, advised by Dr. Peter Kennedy, in the University of Minnesota’s department of Plant and Microbial Biology. I'm broadly interested in using molecular methods, bioinformatics, -omics, field and greenhouse assays to investigate the mechanisms structuring fungal community dynamics. My thesis deals with host-specificity, signaling, and fungal-fungal interactions using the mycorrhizal genus Suillus- a pretty gross, slimy mushroom that smells like rotting compost and seems to always be infested with maggots, but is nonetheless quite splendid.

I live in South Minneapolis with my Fiancé Clayton, and our Great Dane and Blue Healer. When I’m not at the lab, I ride bikes, ferment stuff, make found object art, garden, collect bad 90’s punk music, and (of course), hunt for mushrooms. 


Email: LLofgren@umn.edu
Phone: 612 624 0843 (office- no texts)
Office: Biosciences center, 1445 Gortner Ave. St. Paul MN Kennedy Lab, Room 810.
Twitter: @LotusLofgren