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Luis N. Morgado

L.M. (Luis) das Neves Morgado, MSc., PhD candidate - Biodiversity Dynamics


Email: luis.morgado@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31 (0)71 568 7777
Room number: C130
“If you're going to try, go all the way!”

I'm very passionate about fungi, with a very keen interest in mushroom-forming-fungi. It all started with my desire to distinguish mushroom-forming species and understand their potential uses to humans. With that goal in mind, I studied in an compulsive manner the morphology of mushroom-forming fungi, until I grew aware that the "infinite" diversity of fungi. From that moment onwards I understood that morphological characters were no longer enough for me to grasp species limits and their evolutionary history. In that moment, I also understood that my passion for fungi would be one of the main drivers of my life.


At the moment I'm doing my PhD with the main goal of understanding how climate changes will affect the ectomycorrhizal fungal community in the arctic Alaskan tundra.

My background is in Biology - License, and conservation and management of natural resources - MSc, in Évora University and Lisbon Technical University (both in Portugal).  

Before starting my PhD I carried out 3 main projects. The first was to understand the effects of habitat fragmentation in the mushroom-forming community associated with Quercus coccifera. The second was two-folded: 1. understand the ethnomycological baselines of population from south-Portugal (Alentejo); 2. which mushroom-forming species were causing mushroom poisonings in south-Portugal and why? The third was to understand species limits and geographical distribution of four mushroom-forming fungi (Entoloma) species-complexes.    


Research interest


phylogeography, fungal diversity, fungal systematics, ethnomycology, fungal ecology, metabarcoding, ectomycorrhizae, mycology, climate change, arctic, mushrooms

Current research topics




Available student projects

Public outreach

Press releases

Publication in Science: Distribution of fungi mainly influenced by climate and soil


Noordeloos M.E. & Morgado L.N. 2015. De blauwe molenaarssatijnwam in een nieuw daglicht. Coolia 58(1): 41-47.

Semenova T.A., Morgado L.N., Welker J.M., Walker M.D., Smets E., Geml J. 2015. Long-term experimental warming alters community composition of ascomycetes in Alaskan moist and dry arctic tundra. warming alters ascomycete communities. Molecular Ecology 24: 424-437.
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Morgado L.N., Semenova T.A., Welker J.M., Walker M.D., Smets E., Geml J. 2014. Summer temperature increase has distinct effects on the ectomycorrhizal fungal communities of moist tussock and dry tundra in Arctic Alaska. Global Change Biology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12716/abstract

Tedersoo L., Bahram M., Põlme S., Kõljalg U., Yorou N.S., Wijesundera R., Villarreal Ruiz L., Vasco-Palacios A.M., Thu P.Q., Suija A., Smith M.E., Sharp C., Saluveer E., Saitta A., Rosas M., Riit T., Ratkowsky D., Pritsch K., Põldmaa K., Piepenbring M., Phosri C., Peterson M., Parts K., Pärtel K., Otsing E., Nouhra E., Njouonkou A.L., Nilsson R.H., Morgado L.N., Mayor J., May T.W., Majuakim L., Lodge D.J., Lee S.S., Larsson K.-H., Kohout P., Hosaka K., Hiiesalu I., Henkel T.W., Harend H., Guo L., Greslebin A., Grelet G., Geml J., Gates G., Dunstan W., Dunk C., Drenkhan R., Dearnaley J., Kesel A. De, Dang T., Chen X., Buegger F., Brearley F.Q., Bonito G., Anslan S., Abell A., Abarenkov K. 2014. Global diversity and geography of soil fungi.Science 346: 1256688.
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Morgado L.N., Noordeloos M.E., Lamoureux Y., Geml J. 2013. Multi-gene phylogenetic analyses reveal species limits, phylogeographic patterns, and evolutionary histories of key morphological traits in Entoloma (Agaricales, Basidiomycota). PERSOONIA 31: 159-178.
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Crous PW, Shivas RG, Wingfield MJ, Summerell BA, Rossman AY, Alves JL, Adams GC, Barreto RW, Bell A, Coutinho ML, Flory SL, Gates, Grice KR, Hardy GEStJ, Kleczewski NM, Lombard L, Longa CMO, Louis-Seize G, Macedo F, Mahoney DP, Maresi G, Martin-Sanchez PM, Marvanova L, Minnis AM, Morgado LN, Noordeloos ME, Phillips AJL, Quaedvlieg W, Ryan PG, Saiz-Jimenez C, Seifert KA, Swart WJ, Tan YP, Tanney JB, Thu PQ, Videira SIR, Walker DM, Groenewald JZ. 2012 Fungal Planet description sheets: 128–153. Persoonia 29: 146-201. http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/003158512X661589

Morgado LN, Martins L, Gonçalves H, Oliveira P. 2006. Estudo de intoxicações causadas por ingestão de macrofungos na região do Alto Alentejo. Anais da Associação Micológica A Pantorra 6: 65–74.