This blog begins with an ending: recently we bid farewell to our visiting PostDoc Jiichiro Yoshimoto. Jiichiro was visiting us to work on the mite system, and so he spent a great deal of time moving around chunks of moss and staring into microscopes identifying mites. He and I (Andrew) also spent a few hours a week identifying beetles in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. We already miss Jiichiro’s quiet, cheerful presence around our lab.
A gathering at Diane’s house to celebrate Jiichiro’s contribution was the occasion for a rare lab photograph. It was a pretty complete photograph when it was taken — but its already out of date! With the beginning of a new semester new people have joined our lab. More news about (and from!) them soon!