Dana L. Richter

Dana L. Richter
"The careful observation of nature is the first step in caring for the earth."


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  • Research Scientist II, SFRES
  • PhD, Forest Biology, Michigan Technological University
  • MA, Biology, St. Cloud State University
  • BA, Biology, St. Cloud State University
  • BA, Liberal Arts, St. Cloud State University

Stimulating Curiosity and Learning

Dr. Richter’s research involves fungi and how these organisms interact with trees, insects, forests ecosystems and wood. He conducts  research on topics as far ranging as tree diseases, mushroom diversity, seedling survival, resistance of adhesives and wood preservatives to fungi, and the ability of fungi to mold and decay wood. He has developed a solid track record with industry to conduct decay and mold-stain testing of forest products.

Dr. Richter supervises a forest and wood microbiology lab and teaches courses in forest diseases and fungal ecology. A member of the Graduate Faculty, he serves on Master’s and Doctoral committees, and advises graduate students. He was awarded the School Teaching Award in 1997 and the Manierre Award for Scientific Research in the Huron Mountains in 2001. He has collected mushrooms for science for over 25 years, depositing thousands of specimens and cultures in herbaria and repositories around the world. He freely conducts workshops, field trips and presentations to advance knowledge of the fungi in ecosystems.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Forest mycology, pathology, fungal ecology
  • Tree and forest disease diagnosis and assessment
  • Wood decay: mold/stain testing
  • Fungal Isolation & Identification