Sundy Maurice

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Phone +47-22845918
Room 4206
Available hours 9:00- 17:00
Visiting address EVOGENE Kristine Bonnevies Hus Blindernveien 31 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic interests

I am fascinated by the vast diversity of fungi inhabiting different ecosystems, ranging from food spoilage to saprophytes in forest. In 2014, I obtained a Marie Curie fellowship (IEF-FP7-People) and joined the Mycology Group to work on comparative population genomics of Polypore fungi. My work has focused on optimising the RADseq technique to reveal genetic diversity in 11 polypore species. In addition, European strains of eight focal polypore species were genome sequenced and assembled. This collaborative work with the Joint Genome Institute has been performed in the framework of the 1KB Fungal Genomes Project, aiming to increase knowledge in phylogenetic relationships and functional diversity among fungi.

An NFR grant obtained in 2016 (2016-2019) enabled to investigate dispersal of polypore fungi at broader spatial scale. We collected samples from 25 populations across Fennoscandia (Norway, Sweden and Finland), Russia and Poland.

I am motivated in answering basic ecological questions for applied research. My area of expertise is very diffused, ranging from organising field work, using culture-based and microscopic techniques, developing molecular biology protocols, doing bio-informatics and statistics analyses and managing projects.

Positions held

  • 2016: Researcher
  • 2014-2016: MSCA Post Doc
  • 2013-2014: Researcher Soufflet Group, Nogent Sur Seine, France
  • 2011-2012: Temporary Researcher and Lecturer position, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • 2009-2011: PhD candidate
  • 2006 -2008: Research engineer, Université de Bretagne Occidentale


  • 2011: PhD. in Microbiology. Optimization of molecular techniques for the diagnosis of wood decay fungi. Evaluation of genetic and eco-physiological diversity of Serpula lacrymans in the indoor environment. Université de Brest, France
  • 2006: Ingineer in Agronomy. VetAgro Sup Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2001: Bachelor in Natural Sciences, Université de Montpellier, France


  • Jenni Nordén, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. Polypores and redlist species of fungi in boreal forests
  • Søren Rosendahl (University of Copenhagen). Revealing population genetics of potato blight disease (Phytopthora infestans) in Denmark, understanding of yearly patterns using selective markers. 
  • Otto Miettinen, University of Helsinki. Polypore fungi, from ecology to genomics 
  • Jacqueline Hess, Claus Baessler, Irmgard Greihuber (University of Vienna). Conservation genomics of Antrodiella citrinella in Europe
  • Joint Genome Institute. Sequencing and annotation of Polypore genomes
Tags: RAD sequencing, Whole genome resequencing, Fungi, Polypore, Population genetics, Demography, Coalescent analysis, Vegetative compatibility, Mating


  • Lunde, Lisa Fagerli; Birkemoe, Tone; Kauserud, Håvard; Boddy, Lynne; Jacobsen, Rannveig Margrete & Morgado, Luis [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2022). DNA metabarcoding reveals host-specific communities of arthropods residing in fungal fruit bodies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. ISSN 0962-8452. 289(1968). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2021.2622.
  • Estensmo, Eva Lena Fjeld; Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Maurice, Sundy; Martin Sanchez, Pedro Maria; Morgado, Luis & Engh, Ingeborg Bjorvand [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2022). The Indoor Mycobiomes of Daycare Centers Are Affected by Occupancy and Climate. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. ISSN 0099-2240. 88(6). doi: 10.1128/aem.02113-21.
  • Sønstebø, Jørn Henrik; Trucchi, Emiliano; Nordén, Jenni; Skrede, Inger; Miettinen, Otto & Haridas, Sajeet [Show all 11 contributors for this article] (2022). Population genomics of a forest fungus reveals high gene flow and climate adaptation signatures. Molecular Ecology. ISSN 0962-1083. 31(7), p. 1963–1979. doi: 10.1111/mec.16369.
  • Estensmo, Eva Lena F.; Morgado, Luis; Maurice, Sundy; Martin Sanchez, Pedro Maria; Engh, Ingeborg B. & Mattsson, Johan [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2021). Spatiotemporal variation of the indoor mycobiome in daycare centers. Microbiome. ISSN 2049-2618. 9(1), p. 1–12. doi: 10.1186/s40168-021-01167-x. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hage, Hayat; Miyauchi, Shingo; Virágh, Máté; Drula, Elodie; Min, Byoungnam & Chaduli, Delphine [Show all 37 contributors for this article] (2021). Gene family expansions and transcriptome signatures uncover fungal adaptations to wood decay. Environmental Microbiology. ISSN 1462-2912. 23(10), p. 5716–5732. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.15423. Full text in Research Archive
  • Skrede, Inger; Murat, Claude; Hess, Jaqueline; Maurice, Sundy Ursula Mary Jane; Sønstebø, Jørn Henrik & Kohler, Annegret [Show all 11 contributors for this article] (2021). Contrasting demographic histories revealed in two invasive populations of the dry rot fungus Serpula lacrymans. Molecular Ecology. ISSN 0962-1083. 30(12), p. 2772–2789. doi: 10.1111/mec.15934. Full text in Research Archive
  • Estensmo, Eva Lena Fjeld; Maurice, Sundy Ursula Mary Jane; Morgado, Luis; Martin-Sanchez, Pedro Maria; Skrede, Inger & Kauserud, Håvard (2021). The influence of intraspecific sequence variation during DNA metabarcoding: A case study of eleven fungal species. Molecular Ecology Resources. ISSN 1755-098X. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.13329. Full text in Research Archive
  • Martin-Sanchez, Pedro Maria; Estensmo, Eva Lena Fjeld; Morgado, Luis; Maurice, Sundy Ursula Mary Jane; Engh, Ingeborg Bjorvand & Skrede, Inger [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). Analysing indoor mycobiomes through a large‐scale citizen science study in Norway. Molecular Ecology. ISSN 0962-1083. 30, p. 2689–2705. doi: 10.1111/mec.15916.
  • Maurice, Sundy Ursula Mary Jane; Arnault, Gontran; Nordén, Jenni; Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Miettinen, Otto & Kauserud, Håvard (2021). Fungal sporocarps house diverse and host-specific communities of fungicolous fungi. The ISME Journal. ISSN 1751-7362. 15, p. 1445–1457. doi: 10.1038/s41396-020-00862-1. Full text in Research Archive
  • Jenssen, Andreas Langeland; Kauserud, Håvard & Maurice, Sundy Ursula Mary Jane (2020). High phenotypic variability in the wood decay fungus Phellopilus nigrolimitatus. Fungal ecology. ISSN 1754-5048. p. 1–9. doi: 10.1016/j.funeco.2020.100982.
  • Nordén, Jenni; Abrego, Nerea; Boddy, Lynne; Bässler, Claus; Dahlberg, Anders & Halme, Panu [Show all 16 contributors for this article] (2020). Ten principles for conservation translocations of threatened wood-inhabiting fungi. Fungal ecology. ISSN 1754-5048. 44. doi: 10.1016/j.funeco.2020.100919.
  • Maurice, Sundy Ursula Mary Jane; Montes, Melanie; Nielsen, Bent J.; Bødker, Lars; Martin, Michael David & Jønck, Carina [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2019). Population genomics of an outbreak of the potato late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, reveals both clonality and high genotypic diversity. Molecular plant pathology. ISSN 1464-6722. 20(8), p. 1134–1146. doi: 10.1111/mpp.12819. Full text in Research Archive
  • Maurice, Sundy; Skrede, Inger; LeFloch, Gaetan; Barbier, Georges & Kauserud, Håvard (2014). Population structure of Serpula lacrymans in Europe with an outlook to the French population. Mycologia. ISSN 0027-5514. 106(5), p. 889–895. doi: 10.3852/12-344.

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  • Skrede, Inger; Hess, Jaqueline; Sønstebø, Jørn Henrik; Maurice, Sundy Ursula Mary Jane; Eastwood, Daniel C. & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). How to decompose a house? Comparative and population genomic analyses of the dry rot fungus.
  • Skrede, Inger; Hess, Jaqueline; Balasundaram, Sudhagar; Högberg, Nils; Maurice, Sundy Ursula Mary Jane & Kohler, Annegret [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2017). Evolutionary necessities for invading buildings, comparative and population genomic analyses in the dry rot fungus.

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Published Dec. 12, 2016 10:47 AM - Last modified Mar. 31, 2018 12:30 AM