Area: Natural History
Ph.D., University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 1991
Jean-Marc Moncalvo is the Senior Curator of Mycology in the Department of Natural History at the ROM, and a cross-appointed Professor in the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto.
Jean-Marc grew up on the shore of Lake Geneva and in the Swiss Alps. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Lausanne, and a modest career in soccer, he travelled extensively throughout Asia with his wife Jasmine and spent three years as a visiting scientist at National Taiwan University in Taipei. He then moved with his family to North America to work as a research associate in the Department of Biology at Duke University in North Carolina. Jean-Marc joined the ROM in 2002 to take over responsibility for the extensive fungal collection.
Jean-Marc's research deals with molecular systematics, taxonomy, phylogeographic relationships, biological diversity and ecology of fungi, particularly of gilled mushrooms. He has published over 60 papers in scientific journals and books, and is regularly invited to talk at departmental seminars, international conferences, and mycology workshops. At the University of Toronto, Jean-Marc teaches an undergraduate course on fungi and a graduate course on molecular phylogenetics, and supervises graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
His research has been supported by many funding agencies, including the Société Académique Vaudoise in Switzerland, the National Swiss Foundation for Scientific Research, the Microbiological Research Foundation of the Republic of China, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Park Service, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Genome Canada, the Sustainable Forest Management Network, and the ROM Governors.
Less than 10% of the planet’s estimated 100 million species have been identified and described.