Sean Hoban, a postdoc at the Università di Ferrara, Italy, sends along these photos from his Ph.D. fieldwork on endangered butternut trees in beautiful Shenandoah National Park, USA. Many more pictures of Sean’s field work in forests across the eastern US and Canada, and some botanic gardens, can be found here.
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This was the target of our search, a stately and beautiful tree, one of few that has still evaded an introduced fungal disease (butternut canker) that is devastating the species. The butternut is recognizable for the almost white, raised ridges in its bark, an almost zebra pattern. Sean's main PhD study investigated the genetic impact of the disease, relative to other ecological processes.