Spatafora's research is focused on evolutionary biology of fungi with emphases in phylogenetics and comparative genomics across a diversity of taxonomic and ecological systems. There are currently four main focus areas, all of which seek to use genome-scale data and phylogenetic methodology to address questions in fungal evolutionary biology. He served a five-year term as the faculty athletics representative which represents the interests of the faculty and administration in matters relating to intercollegiate athletics. Spatafora also served as OSU's representative to the Pacific-10 Conference Council, and as a delegate to NCAA meetings.
Department Head and Distinguished Professor
Botany and Plant Pathology
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