Mason Chock

Mason Chock
University of California, Berkeley | UCB · Department of Integrative Biology

Master of Science


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Researching community ecology of seed microbiomes, how they affect plant fitness, and how we can harness them for application in sustainable agriculture and conservation of endangered plants.
August 2019 - May 2023
University of California, Berkeley
Field of study
  • Plant microbiology
August 2017 - May 2019
August 2011 - May 2015
University of Puget Sound
Field of study
  • Biology


Publications (4)
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Austropuccinia psidii, (Basidiomycota; Pucciniales) (formerly Puccinia psidii), commonly known as Myrtle rust, is a fungal pathogen that has quickly become a global threat. The physiological infection cycle of A. psidii is comprised of distinct steps that are potential targets for host defense strategies or human-induced control methods. While gene...
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In the version of this Comment originally published, the last year on the axis of Fig. 1c read 3000; it should have read 2100. This has now been corrected.
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Bitcoin is a power-hungry cryptocurrency that is increasingly used as an investment and payment system. Here we show that projected Bitcoin usage, should it follow the rate of adoption of other broadly adopted technologies, could alone produce enough CO2 emissions to push warming above 2 °C within less than three decades.


Project (1)
An invasive fungal rust pathogen, Austropuccinia psidii, is a main component contributing to the decline of the critically endangered Hawaiian Eugenia tree (Eugenia koolauensis). Once common on the islands of Oahu and Molokai, E. koolauensis is now limited to 11 populations with a total of ~274 mature individuals on the island of Oahu. Hundreds of asymptomatic fungal species live within the E. koolauensis leaf tissue, and recent studies imply the composition of these foliar fungal communities can affect the severity of pathogens such as A. psidii. Using molecular and culture-based methods, our study hopes to characterize the fungal community and identify foliar fungal species that inhibit the growth of A. psidii on Eugenia trees.