Farewell to GaHun- Onward to Paris!

Onwards and Upwards!

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!

Image by GaHun Boo

 

TED grant launched!

The Rothfels Lab gets serious about dating

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.

An example of what a total-evidence timeline of vascular plants might look like.

 

Taxon sampling will be very important for this project.

 

Corm lobation department botany lunch

Isoetes has morphology!

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. 

 

Three generations of polyploid enthusiast team up for a Reed College lecture!

All in the family

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! 

 

NorCal

Arcata 2017

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!).

Enjoying the dune forest with Carol. Lots of Pinus contorta contorta.
The Dunes, where live many rare plants. Not so good for ferns, however.
We made an expedition to Patrick’s Point SP to see this Selaginella, which, despite its decidedly terrestrial/rupestral nature, is S. oregana. Very cool! It’s much more “droopy” than one would expect from S. wallacei, and doesn’t have rhizophores except near the base.
More S. oregana.
I like S. oregana a lot.
To round out our North Coast Selaginella, we visit a naturalized population of S. kraussiana near Humboldt State.
Looks pretty well established to me… (all that lighter green stuff along the road is Selaginella kraussiana.)

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 celebrate our time with Ingrid Jordon-Thaden!

Bye Ingrid!!!!

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!!

PotLuck and cookout celebration for Ingrid! (Who brought the chips?)

 

Integrative Biology students chatting it up at the going away PotLuck for Ingrid!

 

Alan posing for the camera!

 

Although we are sad to see you go…

 

We are truly ecstatic for you!

 

 

 

 

Fall 2017 Lab Photo & New Members

Rothfels lab, fall 2017

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

XIX International Botanical Congress

Spectacle in Shenzhen

The 19th International Botanical Congress, IBC 2017, was held from July 23 to 29. And a spectacle it was! Shenzhen pulled out all the stops–Olympics-style opening ceremonies complete with dancing children, huge living walls, the sides of skyscrapers lit up, free metro passage for everyone, airport style security to enter the building …. you name it! I’m not sure exactly how many people were there–the estimates I saw were around 6 to 7 thousand–but it was a lot. And great to meet old friends, make new ones, and see a lot of science! I didn’t take many photos, but will include a few here to give a taste.

This is the view out, with one’s back to the convention centre entrance. IBC was everywhere! (Shenzhen, btw, is a big city–something like 14 million people–and one of China’s “economic experimental zones” (I think I have that right). In other words, there was a Starbucks across the street, and the fastest way back to the hotel was through the mall.
The prelude to the opening ceremonies (the tables spelled out “IBC”).
We took a field trip to the Fairy Lake Botanical Garden and got a behind-the-scenes tour of their massive fern propagation house.
A motley international crew of pteridologists! Including a few Rothfels lab alums. It was great to get to see so many people! (I thought the photos was from Jefferson Prado, but given that he’s there in the front row, I appear to be mistaken).