OTS Fern Course 50th Anniversary

Lab members Forrest and Mick return from Costa Rica where they participated in the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Tropical Fern and Lycophyte Course.

Lead by Robbin Moran and co-instructed by Carl Taylor and Jarmila Pittermann, the two intrepid Rothfels lab members spent two weeks in Costa Rica visiting Las Cruces, Las Alturas, and La Selva. The course focused on the identification of ferns and over the course of the trip they encountered all of the tropical fern families and learned over 80 genera!

This was the 50th anniversary of the famous course that Carl took in 2008. Our very own Alan Smith took the first course in 1967!

1967! Where’s Alan? (photo courtesy of Robbin Moran)
2008. Look up, Carl! (photo courtesy of Robbin Moran)
2017. 50 years of frondship! (photo courtesy of Robbin Moran)