Collecting grasses and grass friends during our hike from Waipio to Waimanu Valley, Hawaii in July 2017. I found Oplismenus hirtellus (Top Left), and my spouse, Karen, hikes past Joinvillea ascendens (Top Right) on our trek. Metrosideros polymorpha (Below Left), the most common tree on the Big Island varies greatly in size, plays a major role in Hawaiian ecology, is among the earliest of colonizers of volcanic rocks, and is currently endangered by a new fungal disease. Wind shapes the landscape at Mahana Bay (Bottom Right), near the US southernmost point.
Family at New York Botanical Garden in May 2016.
Pu Huang (Left), post-doctorate researcher in Brutnell Lab, and me (Right) pose with Setaria viridis during our October 2015 US collecting trip.
Mitch Tucker, a graduate student at University of Missouri-Columbia, explores Arches National Park en route to Evolution 2013 in Snowbird, UT.
Delicious members of the Brassicaceae, a model family for the study of polyploidy and focus of my research in the Pires Lab.
Nucleotide extraction in the Pires Lab Summer 2012 (Columbia, Missouri) Left to Right: Avinash Karn, Wade Dismukes, Madison Knapp, and Sarah Unruh