Our lab went on a nature hike across campus this week searching for Bassettia crypt galls on the live oaks (Q. virginiana) and water oak (Q. nigra) for new experiments. During our work, we ran into Melissa Kean, the Centennial Historian at Rice University. She was curious about our work and stopped to talk with us for a bit about gall formers. She added a post about our group to her blog Rice History Corner.

Check out her post featuring our group (and her blog): Music and gall wasps under the trees

Egan lab collecting galls on the Rice University campus (January 16, 2017). Note that it is mid-January, and we are all wearing t-shirts.
(Photo credit: Melissa Kean)