Recently we were introduced to Chaumette Vineyard and its owner Hank Johnson. Chaumette is a beautiful vineyard located near Saint Genevieve, Missouri, about an hour and a half south of St. Louis. The vineyard consists of several hybrid grapes including Chambourcin, Chardonel, Norton, Traminette, and Vignoles, among others. Interestingly, two of the species we are studying now, Vitis riparia and V. rupestris, were used in the generation of some of these varietals, including Chardonel and Traminette. Hank gave us a great tour of Chaumette, where we had a chance to visit the vineyards, greenhouses, surrounding forests (replete with native Vitis), the lab and wine-making facility. It was a wonderful day at a really breathtaking place. We are grateful to Hank for his enthusiastic interest in science and support of grapevine biology, and for hosting us for this fun and educational visit.
Chrissy McAllister presented her dissertation "Origin, evolution, and ecology of cytotype diversity in big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)" to a near standing-room only crowd at SLU yesterday. The audience included SLU faculty and graduate students, a large contingent from Chrissy's home institution of Principia College, and family and friends. Chrissy's committee voted to pass both the oral presentation and written document with distinction. Chrissy is the first PhD student to graduate from the Miller Lab - congratulations, Chrissy! Chrissy will return to her post as Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Principia College, and will take on some additional duties there as the new Unit Head of Science.
Miller Lab members