Claire Willing holding a fungal sample in the forest with greenery in the background.
S. Caroline Daws
Claire Willing in Mendocino County, California.

In this episode of FieldSound, Professor Claire Willing shares her research on the vital plant-fungal interactions hidden below the soil surface, particularly mycorrhizal fungi. Willing discusses their ancient symbiotic relationship with plants and significance in nutrient uptake, soil structure and plant health.

Willing is an ecologist specializing in microbial ecology, plant ecology, and plant physiological ecology in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. With a primary focus on plant-fungal interactions — particularly those between plant roots and mutualistic mycorrhizal fungi — Willing’s lab investigates the intricate dynamics shaping ecosystem health.