Dr Sally Fryar

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Research Biography

Sally's main research interests are the ecology, evolution, systematics, and conservation of microfungi. She completed a PhD at Flinders University in 1997 on the taxonomy and ecology of wood decay fungi, examining indirect effects of multi-species interactions. In 1998 she moved to Hong Kong as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hong Kong where she was introduced to the fascinating world of freshwater and marine fungi under the supervision of Professor Kevin Hyde. Her research took her to various peat swamp forests, mangroves and streams in Borneo where she was a visiting fellow at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. While studying the competition between microfungi on wood in aquatic ecosystems as well as their succession and natural distribution she also discovered new taxa of microfungi and became increasingly concerned about the threats to aquatic fungal diversity. Her research now involves documenting microfungi from marine and freshwater habitats around Australia. This includes the identification of ascomycetes, culturing, DNA extraction, PCR for DNA sequencing, and phylogenetic analysis. Sally maintains a strong interest in fungal conservation.

Research Interests

Sally is currently exploring the diversity of Australian marine and freshwater microfungi.


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Research Areas

  • Ecology and conservation

Supervisory Interests

  • Mycology
  • Ecology
  • Phylogenetics
  • Marine biology


  • QH301 Biology


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  • A checklist of marine fungi from Australia

    Fryar, S. C., Hyde, K. D. & Catcheside, D. E. A., May 2020, In: Mycotaxon. 135, 2, p. 1-14 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • A survey of marine fungi on wood in South Australia

    Fryar, S. C., Hyde, K. D. & Catcheside, D. E. A., Oct 2020, In: BOTANICA MARINA. 63, 5, p. 469-478 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    5 Citations (Scopus)
  • Outline of Fungi and fungus-like taxa

    Wijayawardene, N. N., Hyde, K. D., Al-Ani, LKT., Tedersoo, L., Haelewaters, D., Rajeshkumar, K. C., Zhao, R. L., Aptroot, A., Leontyev, D. V., R K, S., Tokarev, Y. S., Dai, D. Q., Letcher, P. M., Stephenson, S. L., Ertz, D., Lumbsch, H. T., Kukwa, M., Issi, I. V., Madrid, H., Phillips, A. J. L., & 135 othersSelbmann, L., Pfliegler, W. P., Horvath, E., Bensch, K., Kirk, P. M., Kolaříková, K., Raja, H. A., Radek, R., Papp, V., Dima, B., Ma, J., Malosso, E., Takamatsu, S., Rambold, G., Gannibal, P. B., Triebel, D., Gautam, A. K., Avasthi, S., Suetrong, S., Timdal, E., Fryar, S., Delgado, G., Reblova, M., Doilom, M., Dolatabadi, S., Pawlowska, J. Z., Humber, R. A., Kodsueb, R., Sanchez-Castro, I., Goto, B. T., Silva, D. K. A., de Souza, F. A., F, O., da Silva, G. A., Silva, I. R., Blaszkowski, J., Jobim, K., Maria, L. C., Barbosa, F. R., Fiuza, P. O., Divakar, P. K., Shenoy, B. D., Castañeda-Ruiz, R. F., Somrithipol, S., Lateef, A. A., Karunarathna, S. C., Tibpromma, S., Mortimer, P. E., Wanasinghe, D. N., Phookamsak, R., Xu, Y., Wang, Y., Tian, F., Alvarado, P., Li, D. W., Kušan, I., Matočec, N., Mesic, A., Tkalcec, Z., Maharachchikumbura, S. S. N., Papizadeh, G., Heredia, G., Wartchow, F., Bakhshi, M., Boehm, E., Youssef, N., Hustad, V. P., Lawrey, J. D., Santiago, A. L. C. M. A., Bezerra, J. D. P., de Souza-Motta, C. M., Firmino, A. L., Tian, Q., Hongsanan, S., Tanaka, K., Dissanayake, A. J., Monteiro, J. S., Grossart, H. P., Suija, A., Weerakoon, G., Etayo, J., Tsurykau, A., Vázquez, V., Mungai, P., Damm, U., Li, Q. R., Zhang, H., Boonmee, S., Lu, Y. Z., Becerra, A. G., Kendrick, B., Brearley, F. Q., Motiejūnaitė, J., Sharma, B., Khare, R., Gaikwad, S., Wijesundara, D. S. A., Tang, L. Z., He, M. Q., Flakus, A., Rodriguez-Flakus, P., Zhurbenko, M. P., McKenzie, E. H. C., Stadler, M., Bhatt, D. J., Liu, J. K., Raza, M., Jeewon, R., Nassonova, E. S., Prieto, M., Jayalal, R. G. U., Erdoğdu, M., Yurkov, A., Schnittler, M., Shchepin, O. N., Novozhilov, Y. K., Silva-Filho, A. G. S., Gentekaki, E., Lui, P., Cavender, J. C., Kang, Y., Mohammad, S., Zhang, L. F., Xu, R. F., Dayarathne, M. C., Ekanayaka, A. H., Wen, T. C., Deng, C. Y., Navathe, S., Hawksworth, D. L., Fan, X. L., Dissanayake, L. S., Kuhnert, E., Grossart, H. P. & Thines, M., 2020, In: Mycosphere. 11, 1, p. 1060-1456 397 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    561 Citations (Scopus)
  • www.freshwaterfungi.org, an online platform for the taxonomic classification of freshwater fungi

    Calabon, M., Hyde, K. D., Jones, EBG., Chandrasiri, S., Dong, W., Fryar, S., Yang, J., Luo, ZL., Lu, YZ., Bao, DF. & Boonmee, S., 6 Oct 2020, In: Asian Journal of Mycology. 3, 1, p. 419-445 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    24 Citations (Scopus)
  • Annabella australiensis gen. & sp. nov. (Helotiales, Cordieritidaceae) from South Australian mangroves

    Fryar, S. C., Haelewaters, D. & Catcheside, D. E. A., 3 Jul 2019, In: Mycological Progress. 18, 7, p. 973-981 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    15 Citations (Scopus)