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Todd Osmundson

Pronouns: He/His
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Mycology (Fungal Biology), Biodiversity & conservation, Biogeography, Bioinformatics, DNA barcoding, Metagenomics, Molecular phylogenetics, Population genetics, Systematics. Please contact me if you have any interest in undergraduate or graduate (MS) research in these topics.

Current courses at UWL

  • General Biology (BIO 105) Lab
  • Mycology (BIO 412/512)
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions (BIO 442/542)
  • Senior Capstone Seminar (BIO 491)


    • Postdoctoral researcher, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley
    • Ph.D., Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology, Columbia University
    • Advanced certificate in Environmental Policy, Columbia University
    • M.S., Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State University
    • B.A., Biology, University of Montana
    • B.A., Geology, Carleton College


Teaching history

    • First-year Seminar (FYS 100): "Interpreting Life’s Instruction Book: What Genomes Tell Us About Ourselves, Our Pathogens, and Our World"
    • Introductory Biology (BIO 105)
    • Organismal Biology (BIO 203)
    • Genetics (BIO 306)
    • Mycology (BIO 412/512)
    • Medical Mycology (BIO 413/513)
    • Evolution (BIO 429/529)
    • Bioinformatics (BIO 440/540)
    • Plant-Microbe Interactions (BIO 442/542)
    • Seminar in Biology - Genome Data Analysis (BIO 460)
    • Senior Capstone Seminar (BIO 491)
    • 21st-Century Mycology (BIO 723)
    • Mycology reading group



Todd Osmundson, Biology, co-authored the article "Does One Size Fit All? Variations in the DNA Barcode Gaps of Macrofungal Genera" in Journal of Fungi published on July 26 by MDPI.

Submitted on: Sept. 3



Todd Osmundson and David Schumann, both Biology, co-authored the article "Unlocking the genomes of formalin-fixed freshwater fish specimens: an assessment of factors influencing DNA extraction quantity and quality" in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management and was accepted for publication by the American Fisheries Society. The first author of the study was Erin Brino, recent graduate of the Master of Science degree program in Biology, Aquatic Science Concentration.

Submitted on: Sept. 3



Scott Cooper, Jennifer Klein, Todd Osmundson, Anton Sanderfoot, Jaclyn Wisinski and Alder Yu, all Biology, co-authored the article "Instructional Innovations in College-Level Molecular Bioscience Labs during the Pandemic-Induced Shift to Online Learning" in Education Sciences published on Wednesday, March 23 by MDPI. Educ. Sci. 2022, 12(4), 230;

Submitted on: Mar. 23, 2022