April 2017.  Zach, Anthony, Alissa, and Yi present posters at the Black Hills Research Symposium.

June 2017.  With input from Beth Reman, Anthony works on DNA extraction and PCR in the CCBR facility, using Achillea from Great Plains (including tissue he sampled in Nebraska, Kansas, and North Dakota).

May 2017.  Early morning yarrow hunting whilst attending the NIH IMBRE regional conference in Sioux Falls:  Justin, Anthony and Alissa explore prairie sites in eastern South Dakota, western Iowa, and western Minnesota as part of an effort to improve phylogeographic sampling in the central U.S.A.

June 2017.  Serendipitous discovery of a hybrid zone between native thistle species Cirsium undulatum and C. canescens in south-central Wyoming. Variation in flower color (white to pink to ark purple) and vegetative traits suggests the presence of advanced gen hybrids and backcrosses.  Plants are photographed and mapped for possible future study

June 2017.  The Ramseys scout yarrow in western Nebraska and eastern Colorado.  Achillea is very common in South Dakota but becomes less abundant, and perhaps preferential to riparian areas and seasonal wetlands, as one moves south through the Great Plains region.

July 2017.  Travels with Hiesey to escape Spearfish fireworks in the Bear Lodge Mts.  We find Achillea in lower elevation dry prairie and higher elevation aspen forest.

July 2017.  Alissa Iverson works on microsatellite genotyping, to evaluate clonal structure of invasive ivy populations.

April-June 2017.  Repotting of yarrows to larger containers, and arraying of plants in garden.

September 2017.  Comparison of yarrow from low elevation shortgrass prairie (top in photos) and mid-elevation deciduous forest (bottom in photos) after two growing seasons in the garden.  SORRY FOR THE UGLY FEET, AND DOG!  Still figuring out how to do photography of large potted plants hah.

November 2017.  Trenching to increase electrical capacity in research greenhouse. Special thanks to Anthony, Zach, and Tyler!

June 2017.  “I don’t want to measure leaves on this one.”