During the summer of 2018 (May 19-June 7), the GoLife team (Arnold Lab: Betsy Arnold, Alicia Ibáñez, Shuzo Oita; Hom Lab: Michael Clear; Lewis Lab: Louise Lewis, Lisa Terlova; and Lutzoni and associated Labs: François Lutzoni, Jola Miadlikowska, Nicolas Magain, Adam Flakus, József Geml) conducted fieldwork in Sabah, Borneo (Malaysia). This trip was possible thanks to the tremendous help (in organizing, executing, and obtaining the export permits) of our local collaborators from the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation at the University of Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in Kota Kinabalu: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Monica Suleiman and Dr. Jaya Seelan Sathiya Seelan, as well as the officials and staff from the Sabah Parks. Two students from UMS, Foo She Fui and Mohd Hafiz Syukri joined our team in the field and assisted us in the lab to process plant and lichen samples. We sampled in various habitats, from marine and coastal (Pulau Tiga, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park) to montane and subalpine sites (Crocker Range, Kinabalu Park, Sayap). The Arnold and Lutzoni labs organized at UMS a one-day workshop on fungal endophytes and lichens that was attended by many students and local biologists. Amazing place and people!
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