Fish, Forests, and Fungi

Welcome! My name is Anne Polyakov and I am a PhD student within the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management Program at the University of Washington. My research focuses on modeling the role of mycorrhizal fungi in carbon and nitrogen cycling, especially fungal-plant trading dynamics through mycorrhizal fungal networks, using a combination of field work, genetic sequencing, stable isotope analysis, and statistical modeling. Specifically, I am examining the role of fungal communities in the salmon forests of SW Alaska. My primary adviser is Dr. Andrew Berdahl in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, and my other committee members include Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Dr. Kristiina Vogt, Dr. Daniel Vogt, and Dr. Brittany Johnson from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Dr. Erik Lilleskov from Michigan Technological University and Dr. Erik Hobbie from the University of New Hampshire.

  • Modeling
  • Mycology
  • Fungal genetics
  • Salmon-derived nutrients
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycling
  • Isotope biogeochemistry
  • PhD in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management, 2022

    University of Washington

  • Master of Science in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management, 2021

    University of Washington

  • Master of Music, 2014

    San Francisco Conservatory of Music

  • Bachelor of Arts, 2012

    Harvard University


Stable Isotope Analysis

I am using stable isotope analysis to trace the flow of salmon-derived nutrients through riparian systems.

Genetic Sequencing

I am sequencing soil samples for fungal communities to understand how salmon-derived nutrients structure fungal functional groups.