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James C. Cavender

James C. Cavender, portrait
Professor Emeritus
Porter Hall 307C


Ph.D., University of Wisconson, 1963


  • Cellular Slime Molds

In my laboratory, we are studying: phylogeny, taxonomy, ecology, and geographical distribution of dictyostelid cellular slime molds, supported by NSF PBI.

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • Distribution, taxonomy, and ecology of dictyostelid cellular slime molds in Iguazu, Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia, Argentina.
  • Cellular slime mold inventory of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (ATBI).
  • Cellular slime molds of Australia.
  • Cellular slime molds of South Africa.
  • Cellular slime mold soil population decline in Ohio 1972-2008.
  • Cellular slime mold diversity in Ohio.
  • Cellular slime molds of Madagascar.
  • Cellular slime molds of the Aberdare Mountains, Kenya.

Selected References

Romeralo M, Cavender JC, Landolt JC, Stephenson SL, Baldauf SL, (2011) An expanded phylogeny of social amoebas (Dictyostelia) shows increasing diversity and new morphological patterns. BMC Evol Biol 11 (84): 1471-2148

Cavender JC, Landolt JC, Suthers HB, Stephenson SL (2012) Dictyostelid cellular slime molds of Mexico. Mycosphere 3(3):336-351

Cavender J, Vadell E, Landolt J, Winsett K, Stephenson S, Rollins A, Romeralo M (2013) New small dictyostelids from seasonal rainforests of Central America. Mycologia doi: 10.3852/11-332

Cavender JC, Cavender ND (In Press) Butterfly Woods, The Wilds, an optimal habitat of dictyostelid cellular slime molds in Ohio. Mycosphere

Cavender JC (In Press) A global overview of dictyostelid ecology with special emphasis in North American Forest. Chapter 8 in Dictyostelids, Springer-Verlag, Berlin (2013)

Romeralo M, Skibal A, Schidel C, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Lawali H, Kedzioral S, Cavender J, Glockner G, Urushihara H, Schaap P (In Press) Proceedings B (Royal Society) 280:1765 22/08/2013

Vadell, E. M., J. C. Cavender, M. Romeralo, S. M. Edwards, S. L. Stephenson, S. L. Baldauf. 2011. New species of dictyostelids from Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Mycologia 103:101-117.

Cavender, J., J. Landolt, G. Ndiritu, and S. Stephenson. 2010. Dictyostelid Cellular Slime Molds from Africa. 2010. Mycosphere. 1(2):147-152.

Romeralo, M., J. Landolt, J. Cavender, G. Laursen, and S. Baldauf. 2010. Two New Species of Dictyostelid Cellular Slime Molds from Alaska. Mycologia 102(3): 588-595.

Sathe, S., S. Kaushik, A. Lalremruata, R. Aggarwal, J. Cavender, and V. Nanjundiah. Genetic Heterogeneity in Wild Isolates of Cellular Slime Mold Social Groups. 2010. Microbial Ecology. 60: 137-148.

Romeralo, M., S. Baldaut, and J. Cavender. A New Species of Cellular Slime Mold from Southern Portugal Based on Morphology, ITS, and SSU Sequences. 2009. Mycologia. 101(2): 269-274.

Landolt, J.C., J.C. Cavender, E.M. Vadell and S.L. Stephenson. New species of dictyostelid cellular slime mold from Australia. Australian Journal of Botany. Submitted Oct. 2007.

Vadell, E.M., and J.C. Cavender. 2007. Dictyostelids living in the soils of the Atlantic Forest Iguazu region, Misiones, Argentina. Description of a new species. Mycologia 99:112-124.

Landolt, J.C., S.L. Stephenson and J.C. Cavender. 2006. Distribution and ecology of dictyostelid cellular slime molds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mycologia 98: 541-549.

Schaap P., T. Winckler, M. Nelson, E. Alvarez-Curto, B. Elgie, H. Hagiwara, J. Cavender et al. 2006. Molecular phylogeny and evolution of morphology in the social amoebas. Science 314: 661-663.

Cavender, J.C., and E.M. Vadell. 2006. The cellular slime molds of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey.

Cavender J.C., E.M. Vadell, J.C. Landolt and S.L. Stephenson. 2005. New species of small dictyostelids from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mycologia 97: 493-512.