Monique Sakalidis

Assistant Professor, Forest Pathology (joint with Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences)

Monique Sakalidis


Plant Biology Laboratories, 612 Wilson Rd. Rm 34

Phone: (517) 432-0825

Forest Pathology Lab


PhD, Murdoch University, Australia

Postdoc, The University of British Columbia, Canada

BS (Hons), Murdoch University, Australia

Research Interests

forest pathology, population genomics, phylogenetics


Using next-gen tools alongside traditional pathology tools to mitigate and respond to tree diseases (detection, identification, pathogenicity and population analysis) and improve tree health (phytobiome approach). My lab will be looking into the epidemiology, biology and population genomics of Oak Wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum) and spruce decline and population genomics of Septoria canker (Sphaerulina musiva).

Selected Publications

Sakalidis, M.L., Feau, N., Dhillon, B., Hamelin, R.C. 2016. Genetic patterns reveal historical and contemporary dispersal of a tree pathogen. Biological Invasions.  18(6): 1781-1799. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1120-7

Dhillon, B., Feau, N., Aerts, A., Beauseigle, B., Bernier, L., Copeland, A., Foster, A., Navdeep, G., Henrissat, B., Herath, P., LaButti, K., Lindquist, E., Majoor, E., Ohm, R.A., Pangilinan, J., Pribowo, A., Sadler, J., Sakalidis, M. L., de Vries, R.P., Grigoriev, I.V., Goodwin, S.B., Tanguay, P. Hamelin, R.C. 2015. Horizontal gene transfer and gene dosage drives adaptation to wood colonization in a tree pathogen. PNAS. 112: 3451-3456. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1424293112

McGregor, R.R.*, Sakalidis, M. L.*, Hamelin, R.C. 2016. Neofusicoccum arbuti: a latent pathogen characterized by widespread infection, broad host range, and a hidden threat. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 38 (1): 70-81. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2015.1135476 

*co-first authors

Sakalidis, M.L., Slippers, B., Wingfield, B.D., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2013. The challenge of understanding the origin, pathways and extent of fungal invasions: global populations of the Neofusicoccum parvum- N. ribis species complex. Diversity and Distributions. 19: 873–883. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12030

Sakalidis, M.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2011. Class III endophytes, clandestine movement amongst hosts and habitats and their potential for disease; a focus on Neofusicoccum australe. Australasian Plant Pathology 40, 510-521. DOI: 10.1007/s13313-011-0077-3

Sakalidis, M.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2011. Endophytes as potential pathogens of the baobab species Adansonia gregorii: a focus on the Botryosphaeriaceae. Fungal Ecology 4, 1-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2010.06.001

Sakalidis, M.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2011. Use of the Genealogical Sorting Index (GSI) to delineate species boundaries in the Neofusicoccum parvum-Neofusicoccum ribis species complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60, 333-344. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.04.026

Sakalidis, M.L., Ray, J., Lanoiselet, V., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2011. Pathogenic Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Mangifera indica in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. European Journal of Plant Pathology 130, 379-391. DOI: 10.1007/s10658-011-9760-z

Burgess T.I., Sakalidis M.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J. 2006. Gene flow of the canker pathogen Botryosphaeria australis between Eucalyptus globulus plantations and native eucalypt forests in Western Australia. Austral Ecology 31, 559-566. DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2006.01596.x