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.
The happy graduate with the Miller Lab. Bottom row: Allison, Dr. McAllister, Laura. Top row: Matthew, Steven.