Several members of the Miller Lab recently traveled to New Orleans, LA for the 2013 Botany Meetings, a joint meeting of several academic societies including the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the Botanical Society of America, and the International Association of Plant Taxonomists. The meeting drew more than 1100 botanists who enjoyed four days of research presentations, meetings, and social events. Chrissy gave a talk about her work investigating the environmental correlates of cytotype diversity in big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), Laura talked about hybridization in the genus Diphasiastrum, and Allison presented recent genotyping by sequencing dataset demonstrating clonal structure in horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) populations in Eastern Europe. A poster with Steven Callen's kudzu project was displayed by collaborator and SLU grad student Justin Zweck (Steven is still in China doing fieldwork). Matthew Greg, a SLU undergraduate who participated in the NSF REU program at the Missouri Botanical Garden, showed a poster detailing his morphometric analysis of three North American Vitis species. Finally, Allison and Toby Kellogg organized a symposium of special invited talks entitled: "Speaking of food: connecting basic and applied science". In addition to enjoying great science, we were able to squeeze in a trip to Cafe du Monde for beignets and enjoyed other exquisite cuisine of New Orleans. Thank you to Saint Louis University Department of Biology, Principia College, and the Botanical Society of America for helping us participate in this terrific meeting.
Miller Lab members