On Friday I went to George Washington University to give a seminar and meet with Amy Zanne (left, front, below) and her lab members. Amy’s group is doing very interesting work on plant traits that affect rates of wood decay, and the fungal communities involved in decay. My former Master’s student Darcy Young (third from right) is now a technician in Amy’s lab. Another Clark grad, Lily Hughes (who worked with Susan Foster and John Baker) is at GWU working on her PhD with Guillermo Orti. Steve Rehner (third from left) came down from the USDA Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Lab in Beltsville and joined us for dinner. All in all, it was a great visit–a chance to see old friends, meet new people, and get gently grilled in an energetic Systematics Discussion Group.