Dr. Ben Dauphin!

Ben Defends!

Ben Dauphin, Rothfels Lab ’15-’16, crushed his thesis defense at the University of Neuchâtel — congratulations Ben!!

Ben and his Botrychium, ready for the show.
Everything is clear here!
Post-defense celebrations, with fondue, of course. (L to R: Don Farrar, Ben Dauphin, Me, Jason Grant, Michael Kessler).

Ben’s defense, and the generousity of Jason and Michael, provided me with my first trip to Switzerland. The weather was gorgeous, the people were outstanding, even the ferns represented.

Run-by airport photo (sorry for the blur). Just couldn’t resist–a Müesli bar? Ha!
It’s a small world–old friends, in Zurich. (Peter Szovenyi looking so tropical in the Botanical Garden greenhouses).
On the way from Zurich to Neuchâtel, we stopped for some outside-time in the Jura Mountains (of Jurassic fame). Scenic! Here we’re looking across Switzerland at the Alps.
The Jura was very fall-like, with the Fagus in their full slightly bronze glory. Jason, Don, and Ben looking for botanical goodies.
And goodies there were! Huperzia selago representing team lycophyte.
Polystichum aculeatum, I presume?
And finally, while we might have dipped out on the Cystopteris montana, Cystopteris fragilis hung on for us.

 

 

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