Earlier this week I visited Columbia and the very nice University of Missouri campus for the first time. It’s probably the best time of the year to be in the midwest, as the stunning foliage colors welcome you in the Francis Quadrangle. They also have some real Ginkgo trees up there (see photo)!
I have to thank my colleague and friend Dr. Gavin Conant for the invitation, which gave me the chance to meet with some outstanding faculty from MU (Drs. Chris Pires and Jared Decker) and with Dr. Laura Kubatko from Ohio State University, who was also visiting and gave an impressive lecture on Species Tree Estimation. The seminar on Dryad elements in conifers went pretty well too. There will be a post on the topic following a paper on the topic, hopefully very soon..