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Tatiana Semenova

T. (Tatiana) Semenova, MSc., PhD candidate - Biodiversity dynamics

Contact

Email: tatiana.semenova@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31 (0)71-56 87 777
Room number: Darwinweg
“Studying fungal diversity is like watching the starry sky. It brings the feeling of eternity and fascination.”

My research in mycology started from a small project in insect pathogenic fungi as biopesticides, and role of secreted enzymes in the process of pathogenesis. I continued studying fungal enzymes in the fascinating system of fungal gardens, in which ants rear fungi for food, and in wood trunks, where fungi cooperate and compete during the long process of wood decay. Moving from few model fungal species to communities, I am currently styduing the effects of climate change on ascomycete fungal communities.

Career

I graduated from the Biological Faculty of Moscow State University in 2007, and was selected to continue with mycology studies at the University of Copenhagen. In 2012 I was granted a research CIMO fellowship to work on the project dealing with communities of wood decay fungi in Finnish forests. Since 2012 I am doing my PhD at Naturalis Biodiversity Center on the effect of climate change on soil ascomycete communities.

Research

Research interest

I am interested in fungi, their interactions with other living organisms, chemical signalling through production of secreted compounds, and responses to ecosystem's processes. 

Keywords

enzymes, climate change, fungal diversity, ascomycetes, endophytes

Current research topics

My current project deals with the responses of soil ascomycetes to climate warming in Northern Alaska. Although global warming has already altered tundra ecosystems, the effects of rising temperatures on fungal community compositions remain largely unstudied. The project intends to recognize recent and future environmental changes and to provide predictions about the Arctic.

Collaborations

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Teaching

Courses

Since 2012 I am involved in the course Tree of Life at Leiden University. In 2011-2012 I was teaching the general mycology course for the 1st year students in Moscow State University (Russia).

Available student projects

Publications

2017

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Geml J., Morgado L.N., Semenova-Nelsen T.A., Schilthuizen M. 2017. Changes in richness and community composition of ectomycorrhizal fungi among altitudinal vegetation types on Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. New Phytologist 215: 454-468.
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Grau O., Geml J., Pérez-Haase A., Ninot J.M., Semenova-Nelsen T.A., Peñuelas J. 2017. Abrupt changes in the composition and function of fungal communities along an environmental gradient in the High Arctic. Molecular Ecology 26: 4798-4810.
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2016

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Morgado L.N., Semenova T.A., Welker J.M., Walker M.D., Smets E., Geml J. 2016. Long-term increase in snow depth leads to compositional changes in arctic ectomycorrhizal fungal communities. Global Change Biology 22: 3080–3096.
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Semenova T.A., Morgado L.N., Welker J.M., Walker M.D., Smets E., Geml J. 2016. Compositional and functional shifts in arctic fungal communities in response to experimentally increased snow depth. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 100: 201-209.
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Geml J., Semenova T.A., Morgado L.N., Welker J.M. 2016. Changes in composition and abundance of functional groups of arctic fungi in response to long-term summer warming. Biology Letters 12: 20160503.
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2015

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Morgado L.N., Semenova T.A., Welker J.M., Walker M.D., Smets E., Geml J. 2015. Summer temperature increase has distinct effects on the ectomycorrhizal fungal communities of moist tussock and dry tundra in Arctic Alaska. Global Change Biology 21: 959-972.
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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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Geml J., Morgado L.N., Semenova T.A., Welker J.M., Walker M.D., Smets E.F. 2015. Long-term warming alters richness and composition of taxonomic and functional groups of arctic fungi. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 91: 1-13.
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Popova V.V., Dunaevsky Y.E., Domash V.I., Semenova T.A., Beliakova G.A., Belozersky M.A. 2015. Some properties and possible biological role of peptidase inhibitors from the entomopathogenic fungus Tolypocladium cylindrosporum. Archives of Microbiology 197(8): 1001-1010.
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2014

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Geml J., Gravendeel B., Neilen M., Lammers Y., Raes N., Semenova T.A., Noordeloos M.E. 2014. The Contribution of DNA Metabarcoding to Fungal Conservation: Diversity Assessment, Habitat Partitioning and Mapping Red-Listed Fungi in Protected Coastal Salix repens Communities in the Netherlands. PLOS ONE 9: e99852.
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Geml J., Pastor N., Fernandez L., Pacheco S., Semenova T.A., Becerra A.G., Wicaksono C.Y., Nouhra E.R. 2014. Large-scale fungal diversity assessment in the Andean Yungas forests reveals strong community turnover among forest types along an altitudinal gradient. Molecular Ecology 23: 2452-2472.
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Dunaevsky Y.E., Popova V.V., Semenova T.A., Beliakova G.A., Belozersky M.A. 2014. Fungal inhibitors of proteolytic enzymes: Classification, properties, possible biological roles, and perspectives for practical use. Biochimie 101(1): 10-20.
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2011

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Semenova T.A., Hughes D.P., Boomsma J.J., Schiott M. 2011. Evolutionary patterns of proteinase activity in attine ant fungus gardens. BMC Microbiology 11: 15.
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Semenova T.A., Belozersky M.A., Beljakova G.A., Borisov B.B., Semenova S.A., Dunayevsky Y.E. 2011. Secreted proteinase of entomopathogenic fungus Cordyceps militaris: enzymic properties and adsorption on insect cuticle (in Russian). Mikologiya i Fitopatologiya 45: 64-69.

2010

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Semenova T.A., Belozersky M.A., Beljakova G.A., Borisov B.B., Semenova S.A., Dunayevsky Y.E. 2010. Secreted proteinase of entomopathogenic fungus Cordyceps militaris: optimization of fungal culture medium and enzyme purification (in Russian). Mikologiya i Fitopatologiya 44: 535-541.