John Taylor



  • Advisor
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities


  • University of California Berkeley
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


  • United States


BA (Biology & Ecology) University of California, Berkeley
MS (Mycology), University of California, Davis
PhD, University of California, Davis


John Taylor is a mycologist with four decades of experience in phylogenetics and the evolutionary biology of fungi.

He is professor of the graduate division at Berkeley and a principal investigator on projects investigating the ecology of Coccidioides immitis, the agent of the human fungal disease coccidioidomycosis (also known as Valley Fever). He is also interested in the role of fungal communities in drought tolerance in the globally important cereal crop plant Sorghum bicolor, and is researching the role of microbes in allergy by developing better and more economical approaches to sampling indoor air.


DeBary Medal, International Mycological Association, 2018
President, International Mycological Association, 2010-2014
Distinguished Mycologist, Mycological Society of America, 2008
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2000
Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 1998

Relevant Publications

Gao C., Montoya L., Xu L., ...Taylor J.W. (2019). Strong succession in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. The ISME Journal, 13, 214-26. DOI:

Taylor J.W., Barker B.M. (2019). The endozoan, small-mammal reservoir hypothesis and the life cycle of Coccidioides species. Medical mycology, 57, S16-S20. DOI:

Sylvain I.A., Adams R.I., Taylor J.W. (2019). A different suite: The assemblage of distinct fungal communities in water-damaged units of a poorly-maintained public housing building. PLoS ONE, 14(3), e0213355. DOI:

Taylor J.W., Branco, S., Gao, C., Hann-Soden, C., et al. (2017). Sources of fungal genetic variation and associating it with phenotypic diversity. Microbiol Spectrum, 5(5),DOI: 10.1128/microbiolspec.FUNK-0057-2016.

Gladieux, P., Wilson B.A., Perraudeau, F., ...Taylor J.W. (2015). Genomic sequencing reveals historical, demographic and selective factors associated with the diversification of the fire‐associated fungus neurospora discreta. Molecular Ecology, 24(22), 5657-75.