Katalin is joining Rutgers as Assistant Research Professor at the Pinelands Field Station with a joint appointment through DEENR (Rutgers New Brunswick) and the Department of Biology (Rutgers Camden). She is broadly interested in how anthropogenic change affects fungal ecology, soil ecology and the Pinelands ecosystem. She completed her B.A. in Biology from Rutgers Camden (2011) and was awarded an undergraduate fellowship (2010) to conduct research at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Under the advisement of John Dighton, she completed her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers New Brunswick (2016). Her dissertation examined the effect of mercury pollution on fungi found on leaf surfaces (phylloplane) and she received the Ralph E. Good Award for Pinelands Research from Rutgers in 2014. She has advised several student research projects and presented at national and international conferences. Katalin has published in Applied Soil Ecology, Mycology (in review) and coauthored a chapter in the 4th Edition of The Fungal Community. She is excited to return to the Pinelands Field Station to continue her research, especially investigating phylloplane fungal ecology. She enjoys teaching and plans to introduce more ecology class offerings for undergraduate and graduate students at the field station.