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Suzanne Joneson

Suzanne Joneson

  • Professor and Department Chair, Department of Math and Natural Sciences


B.S. Botany, University of Washington

PhD Biology, Duke University


I am interested in botany, mycology, and microbiology and more specifically at organismal interactions and symbiosis. Currently I am working on the genomics of free-living and lichen-forming Nostoc and trying to understand how the dynamics of how genomes change in space, time, and organismal interactions. I earned my Ph.D. in Biology at Duke University where my dissertation investigated the molecular biology of lichen symbiosis and microbial communication. My post-doctoral research at the University of Idaho investigated the genomes of free-living chytrid fungi, and the world-wide pathogenic chytrid amphibian-killer.

I am also interested in how we learn about the natural world, more specifically the shared interface of observation in science and art; How does careful observation, visual recording via drawing, and scientific understanding illuminate each other? I have been a co-instructor in teaching courses in Art and Botany as well as Observation and Discovery in Nature at UWM-Waukesha and the UWM Field Station in Ozaukee County.


Armaleo, D., Müller, O., Lutzoni, F. et al. 2019. The lichen symbiosis re-viewed through the genomes of Cladonia grayi and its algal partner Asterochloris glomerata. BMC Genomics 20:605. doi: doi.org/10.1186/s12864-019-5629-x

Swanson, J. and S. Joneson. 2019. Long term thermal stress causes antibiotic resistance to decrease in Escherichia coli. University of Wisconsin Colleges Student Research Journal, 2(1):9p

Joneson, S. 2018. Review: Common Lichens of Wisconsin. The Bryologist, 121(1):124-125. doi: doi.org/10.1639/0007-2745-121.1.124

Joneson, S. and H. O’Brien. 2017. A molecular investigation of free-living and lichenized Nostoc sp. and lifestyle determination. The Bryologist 120(4): 371-381. doi: doi.org/10.1639/0007-2745-120.4.371.

Van De Loo, M. and S. Joneson. 2016. Biocide effectiveness in Staphylococcus aureus. University of Wisconsin Colleges Student Research Journal, 1:17p.

Pauers, M.J., J.A. Kuchenbecker, S.L. Joneson and J. Neitz. 2016. Correlated evolution of short wavelength sensitive photoreceptor sensitivity and color pattern in Lake Malawi cichlids. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 4:12p. doi: doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2016.00012

Rosenblum, E.B., T.Y. James, K.R. Zamudioc, T.J. Poorten, D. Ilut, D. Rodriguez, J.M. Eastman, K. Richards-Hrdlicka, S. Joneson, T.S. Jenkinson, J.E. Longcore, G. Parra Olea, L. Felipe Toledo, M. Luz Arellano, E.M. Medina, S. Restrepo, S. Victoria Flechas, L. Berger, C.J. Briggs, and J.E. Stajich. 2013. Complex history of the amphibian-killing chytrid fungus revealed with genome resequencing data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(23): 9385-9390. doi: doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1300130110

Rosenblum E.B., T.J. Poorten, S. Joneson, M. Settles. 2012. Substrate-Specific Gene Expression in Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the Chytrid Pathogen of Amphibians. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49924. doi: doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0049924

Joneson, S., J.E. Stajich, S. Shiu, and E. B. Rosenblum. 2011. Genomic Transition to Pathogenicity in Chytrid Fungi. PLoS Pathogens 7(11): e1002338. doi: doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1002338

Thüs, H., L. Muggia, S. Pérez-Ortega, S.E. Favero-Longo, S. Joneson, H. O’Brien, M.P. Nelsen, R. Duque-Thüs, M. Grube, T. Friedl, J. Brodie, C.J. Andrew, R. Lücking, F. Lutzoni, C. Gueidan. 2011. Revisiting photobiont diversity in the lichen family Verrucariaceae (Ascomycota). European Journal of Phycology 46(4):399–415. doi: doi.org/10.1080/09670262.2011.629788

Joneson, S., D. Armaleo and F. Lutzoni. 2011. Fungal and algal gene expression in early developmental stages of lichen-symbiosis. Mycologia 103(2): 291-306. doi: doi.org/10.3852/10-064

Joneson, S. and F. Lutzoni. 2009. Compatibility and Thigmotropism in the Lichen Symbiosis: A Reappraisal. Symbiosis 47:109-115. doi: doi.org/10.1007/BF03182294

Gage, S., S. Joneson, B.V. Yu, N.A. Eremenko, and H. Takahashi. 2006. A newly compiled checklist of the vascular plants of the Habomais, the little Kurils. In Takahashi, H. & Ohara, M. (eds.): Biodiversity and Biogeography of the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin 2, pp. 67-91. The Hokkaido University Museum, Sapporo.

Joneson, S., T. Kashiwadani, S. Tschabanenko, and S. Gage. 2004. Ramalina of the Kuril Islands. Bryologist 107(1): 98- 106. doi: doi.org/10.1639/0007-2745(2004)107[98:ROTKI]2.0.CO;2

Joneson, S. & K. Glew. 2003. Acroscyphus of North America. Bryologist 106(3): 443-446. doi: doi.org/10.1639/10

Takahashi H., V.Y. Barkalov, S. Gage, S. Joneson, M. Ilyushko, & Y.N. Zhuravlev. 2002. A Floristic Study of the Vascular Plants of Raikoke, Kuril Islands. Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 53(1): 17-33. Doi: doi.org/10.18942/apg.KJ00003256663

Courses Taught

BIO 104 Plants in Today’s WorldBIO 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences IBIO 162 General Botany (Including Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics)BIO 164 Plants and CivilizationsBIO 251 Introduction to MicrobiologyART 291/BIO 298 Art and BotanyBIOSCI 562 Topics in Field Biology – LichenologyBIOSCI 562 Topics in Field Biology – Observation and Discovery in Nature