Robinson, Sara

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Assistant Professor, Anatomy of Renewable Materials
Wood Science & Engineering
Office Location: 

232 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-4329
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-3385
Ph.D., Forest Science (Wood Science), Michigan Technological University, 2010
M.S., Forest Science (Wood Science), Michigan Technological University, 2005
B.S., Criminal Justice/Art & Design - Woodworking, Northern Michigan University, 2003
Research Areas: 
  • Wood Aesthetics and Natural Coloration
Research Interests: 
  • Applied Wood Mycology
  • Spalting
  • Wood Aesthetics
  • Wood Anatomy
Current/Recent Programs

Development of fungal pigments for painting vascular plants and textiles.


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
WSE 312
Wood and Fiber Anatomy
Selected Publications: 
  1. Robinson, S.C., Tudor, D., Mansourian, Y., Cooper, P.A. The effects of several commercial wood coatings on the deterioration of biological pigments in wood exposed to UV light. Wood Science and Technology in press
  2. Robinson, S.C., Tudor, D., Snider, H., Cooper, P.A. 2012. Stimulating growth and xylindein production of Chlorociboria aeruginascens in agar-based systems. AMB Express 2(15).
  3. Robinson, S.C. 2012. Developing fungal pigments for ‘painting’ vascular plants. Invited submission. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 93(4):1389-1394.
  4. Robinson, S.C., Tudor, D., Cooper, P.A. 2012. Utilizing pigment-producing fungi to add commercial value to American beech (Fagus grandifolia). Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 93(3):1041-1048.
  5. Robinson, S.C., Tudor, D., Cooper, P.A. 2011. Feasibility of using red pigment producing fungi to stain wood for decorative applications. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41:1722-1728.
  6. Robinson, S.C. 2011. Spalted Wood – Health and Safety. American Woodturner Journal August: 44-51.
  7. Robinson, S.C. 2011. Destroying uniformity: Using fungi to add a tactile and visual experience to functional wood. Leonardo Journal 44(2):145-151.
  8. Robinson, S.C. 2010. Spalted Wood. American Woodturner Journal December: 22-28.