On the entirely coincidental date of 4.20, Mick passed his quals! And with flying colours, by all accounts. Thanks to Ben, Brent, Britt, and Cindy for being on his committee, and to Carrie for organizing the celebrations. And congratulations to Mick!!!
And today come the announcement that Forrest’s study of the continued evolutionary morphological simplification of Isoetes is available online! This result is super cool–showing that the pattern of morphological reduction for their once large tree-like ancestors is continuing in Isoetes. However, I have a particularly soft spot of the methods: this paper demonstrates the power of reversible jump MCMC and Bayesian model averaging (and irreversible models of character evolution) for studying processes of morphological evolution. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of this type of approach!
Today the Misher lab is hosting a teatime party to wish our friend and colleague GaHun Boo a warm farewell!
Gahun is heading back to his home country this weekend for a break before beginning his new adventure as a PostDoc Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris! His project title is “Mitochondrial genome diversity and biogeography of the red alga Gelidiella acerosa complex in tropical seas”.
The entire Rothfels Lab and Botany Crew wish you the best of luck!
Cindy Looy, Nathalie Nagalingum, Michael Sundue, and I (Carl, in this case), are delighted that our grant proposal to apply “total evidence dating” (TED) methods to infer the timeline of vascular plant evolution has been (almost completely) approved! In lieu of embarrassing photos of the PIs, I’ll post here some of the figures from our application, to provide somewhat of a feel for what this project entails.
Last Friday, Forrest delivered a smashing talk focusing on his collaborative works with Will Freyman and Carl Rothfels! This project focused on tracing the best evolutionary model to explain corm lobation character transitions on the phylogeny. We all learned a ton about Isoëtes. Turns out that the most informative characters may lie below the surface #cormlobation.
Mick and Dr. Jeff Doyle (Cornell) gave guest lectures at Reed College in the Genetics course taught by Prof. Jeremy Coate who advised Mick during undergrad and who was himself advised by Jeff at Cornell. Together they study the young allotetraploid complex of wild soybean (Gycine subgen. Glycine) and are always keen on inspiring young botanists! Three generations of plant scientists!
In which Carl goes to actual NorCal (or is it NoCal?) to spread the fern gospel with the North Coast Chapter of the CNPS (California Native Plants Society). A great time was had by all, or at least by Carl (thanks to Carol Ralph!).
And finally, vertebrates put on a pretty good show too, including this spectacular 8-inch or so beauty: Dicramptodon tenebrosus. It was just sitting there at Patrick’s Point!
We wholeheartedly congratulate Ingrid Jordon-Thaden on her new position as the Director of the Botany Greenhouse at University of Wisconsin-Madison. We thank you for all of your incredible contributions to the Rothfels Lab and we wish you success in your new gig!!
We welcome several new lab members to the Rothfels lab! Introducing undergraduate researcher, Jonathan Qu (Left2), first year graduate student, Maryam Sedaghatpour (Left3) and two IB PhD candidates, Carrie Tribble (Right3) and Joyce Chery (Right1). We’re excited to integrate all of our interest in plant evolutionary biology! Missing and/or hiding: Sraavya, Alan, and Abby. We’ll get them next time! And really missing: Ingrid!