Congrats to Dr. Matt Austin

Former grad student Matthew Austin successfully defended his dissertation, giving a wonderful talk describing some of his research during his five years at UMSL. He’s finishing up the final changes to his dissertation, and is starting his postdoctoral fellowship with the Living Earth Collaborative at Washington University, where he will also be doing research at the Missouri Botanic Gardens.

We managed a drive-by celebration at his house later in the day. Hopefully we can have a belated in person celebration later this year.

Jose Antonio from the Parker Lab got a great screen shot at the end of the talk.