Mary Berbee
(604) 822-3780
Lab Phone: 
(604) 822-2019

After receiving her PhD in 1990 at the University of California at Davis, Mary worked as a post doctoral fellow in John Taylor's lab from 1990 to 1993. She is now a Professor of Botany at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.



  • Mary L. Berbee, John W. Taylor. 2007. Rhynie chert: a window into a lost world of complex plant-fungus interactions. New Phytologist 174(3): 475–479. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2007.02080.x
  • John W. Taylor & Mary L. Berbee. 2006. Dating divergences in the Fungal Tree of Life: review and new analyses. Mycologia 2006 98: 838-849.
  • Mary L. Berbee and John W. Taylor. 2001. Fungal Molecular Evolution: Gene Trees and Geologic Time. The Mycota: a comprehensive treatise on fungi as experimental systems for basic and applied research. Volume VII: Systematics and Evolution, Part B, pp.229-245.
  • Patrik Inderbitzin, Sara Landvik, Mohamed A. Abdel-Waha, and Mary L. Berbee. 2001. Aliquandostipitaceae, a new family for two new tropical ascomycetes with unusually wide hyphae and dimorphic ascomata Am. J. Bot. 88: 52-61.
  • M. L. Berbee, Mona Pirseyedi, S. Hubbard. 1999. Cochliobolus phylogenetics and the origin of known, highly virulent pathogens, inferred from ITS and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene sequences. Mycologia: Vol. 91, No. 6, pp. 964-977.
  • Sung-Hwan Yun, Mary L. Berbee, O. C. Yoder and B. Gillian Turgeon. 1999. Evolution of the fungal self-fertile reproductive life style from self-sterile ancestors. Proc. Natl. Acad. Science: Vol. 96, Issue 10, pp. 5592-5597.
  • Yun, S.-H., M. L. Berbee, et al. (1999). Evolution of the fungal self-fertile reproductive life style from self-sterile ancestors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 96(10): 5592-5597.
  • Jasalavich, C., et al., Evolution of sexual and asexual reproduction in Alternaria. Phytopathology, 1996. 86(11 SUPPL.): p. S20.
  • Lobuglio, K F; Berbee, M L; Taylor, J W. 1996. Phylogenetic origins of the asexual mycorrhizal symbiont Cenococcum geophilum Fr. and other mycorrhizal fungi among the ascomycetes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v.6, n.2, (1996): 287-294.
  • Berbee, M.L. and J.W. Taylor. From 18S ribosomal sequence data to evolution of morphology among the fungi. Canadian Journal of Botany, 1995. 73(SUPPL. 1 SECT. E-H): p. S677-S683.
  • Berbee, M.L. Loculoascomycete origins and evolution of filamentous ascomycete morphology based on 18S rRNA gene sequence data. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 1996. 13(3): p. 462-470.
  • Berbee, M L; Yoshimura, A; Sugiyama, J; Taylor, J W. 1995. Is Penicillium monophyletic? An evaluation of phylogeny in the family Trichocomaceae from 18S, 5.8S and ITS ribosomal DNA sequence data. Mycologia, v.87, n.2, (1995): 210-222.
  • Taylor, J.W., Bowman, B, Berbee, M.L., and White, T.J. 1993. Fungal model organisms: phylogenetics of Saccharomyces, Aspergillus and Neurospora. Systematic Biology 42:440-457.
  • Berbee, M.L. and J.L. Kerwin. Ultrastructural and light microscopic localization of carbohydrates and peroxidase-catalases in Lagenidium giganteum zoospores. Mycologia, 1993. 85(5): p. 734-743.
  • Berbee, M.L. and J.W. Taylor. Dating the evolutionary radiations of the true fungi. Canadian Journal of Botany, 1993. 71(8): p. 1114-1127.
  • Berbee, M.L. and J.W. Taylor. Ascomycete Relationships Dating the Origin of Asexual Lineages with 18s Ribosomal Rna Gene Sequence Data, . 1993. p. 67-78.
  • Berbee, M.L. and J. W. Taylor. 1992. Convergence in ascospore discharge mechanism among pyrenomycete fungi based on 18S ribosomal DNA sequence. Molec. Phylogenetics and Evol. 1:59-71.
  • Berbee, M.L. and J.W. Taylor. 1992. 18s ribosomal RNA gene sequence characters place the human pathogen Sporothrix schenckii in the genus Ophiostoma. Exper. Mycol. 16: 87-91.
  • Berbee, M.L. and Taylor, J.W. 1992. Two Ascomycete classes based on fruiting-body characters and ribosomal DNA sequence. Molec. Biol. Evol. 9:278-284.