Featured Teaching - Dr. Vinson Doyle

Dr. Doyle collecting boletes with field assistantDr. Vinson P. Doyle is an associate professor of mycology in the Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology.  He teaches both a graduate and undergraduate course in mycology.  Introductory Mycology (PLHL4054) is a communication-intensive course that seeks to open students’ eyes to one of the most diverse and overlooked groups of organisms of the planet, the Kingdom Fungi. The course integrates lectures in systematic mycology with field observations and macroscopic and microscopic study in the lab to allow students an opportunity to develop the skills to collect, identify, and understand the ecological roles of fungi in all ecosystems in which they occur. The course engages students in the use of informal communication for learning and formal communication for sharing ideas publicly, emphasizing at least two of four modes of communication (written, spoken, visual or technological), and use feedback loops to advance communication skills. Advanced Mycology (PLHL7051) focuses on the population biology of fungal plant pathogens. This course seeks to provide students with the fundamental knowledge to understand the applications of population biology for making inferences about the evolutionary processes that have shaped fungal populations and species. The course includes formal lectures, student-led seminar discussions of primary literature, and opportunities to develop computational skills in population biology.

Dr. Doyle is an excellent graduate and undergraduate mentor. He engages his students in a professional experience where they are able to obtain experiential hands-on learning along with critical thinking skills that will help prepare them for post-graduate careers. The outcomes of his mentoring have led to undergraduate and graduate grant funding, travel awards, oral and poster presentations at national and international meetings along with abstract and refereed publications.  Dr. Doyle’s mentoring has had a profound academic and life experience effect on the undergraduate and graduate students under his guidance.