Wall of fame “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford “If you can laugh together, you can work together” – Robert Orben Summer 2018 marked the MX debut of Libby, Rachel, and Nichole. They went from dark caves… … to muddy lowland swamps Really dark… … and really muddy Strenuous work was mixed up with fun boat rides… … and lavish dinners In spring 2018, Ryan and myself taught Evolution… … and were cartoonized Fall 2017 meant double teaching. Two fun classes. Organismic Biology at Halloween… … and Ichthyology during one of the field excursions In fall 2017, John joined the lab to investigate evolution in superfund sites. Here sampling Tar Creek with Bryan Tobler lab summer 2017, ft. Audrey Arner! Fieldwork in Mexico in 2017 Re-union with Jose in Tapijulapa Exploratory work with Henry, Ryan, and CC Fieldwork in Villa Luz with Lenin and students from Tuxtla Gutiérrez The Tabasco trip in spring 2016 was centered on the La Pesca ceremony by the local Zoque people. Lenin, Zach, and myself got interviewed by a team of TV Azteca in Villahermosa. In spring 2016, we also met up with a team from the BBC Natural History Unit. Camera man Toby Strong… … and site producer Nicola Merrett got to enjoy all amenities of sulfur caves. The starting crew of the 2015 Mexico expedition: Diana Rennison, Anthony Brown, Garrett Hopper, Zach Culumber, Julian Bennett-Ponsford, Ryan Greenway, Jo Kelley, and Courtney Passow. The remnant crew after three weeks. With Diana Rennison in the Ixtapangajoya river. Courtney providing first aid to an injured kitten. Collecting fish in the Kansas River with Zach Culumber, Louis Bernatchez, and Keith Gido (2015). Fun fish right at home. Justin, Ryan, and Zach exploring sulfide springs in Costa Rica (2015). Seining around volcanos… pretty much unbeatable. Revisiting the site where it all began: sunset on the Rio Sapoa. The jungle claimed our field truck in Costa Rica. Alternate crews during the 2014 Mexico trip: Initially with Kevin Brix, Robbie Shone, and Matt Oliphant… …then with the ever-charming Jo Kelley. All smiles at the 2014 Zoology Banquet with Reid… … as well as with Danielle and Puni. Garrett collecting darters in spring 2014. Without words… Thank you Courtney. The Mexico crew 2013, with Christian, Jo, Tess, Courtney, Danielle, Ryan, and Zach! After many years of working on sulfur mollies, my dear friend Jo finally decided to get a whiff. Tess “the pollyanna” Doumas made her first stage appearence… … as did Ryan “the dude” Greenway. Tobler lab at SWAN 2013. Cierra presenting her first research poster. Toxic sulfide springs… While most people did research over the summer, Reid was just his redneck self. After being bewitched by the bruja, Nate became the devil himself. Zach and Chris in front of the Cueva del Azufre. Hiking to find sulfide springs. Danielle and Courtney on the way to the Cueva del Azufre. Fish biology class 2012. If only they could catch fish. Courtney and Amber seining on the Dominican Republic. Maura getting a ride from Guillermo on the Rio Oxolotan. Meeting up with Lenin’s lab on the 2011 trip. Reid sampling Spavinaw Creek in northeastern Oklahoma. The German connection: observing fish behavior in the natural habitat. A nice Crocodylus moreletii in Lenin’s backyard. Sulfide spring crew of summer 2010: Riva, Maura, Zach, Lenin, Alain, and our local guide in Puxcatan. Pierre, Aurélien, and Vincent from Mona Lisa Productions during the cave shoot in spring 2010. The Rosenthal lab at CICHAZ in spring 2010: the happiness of fish and water. 2009 Ichthyology class. Gil Rosenthal and Nate Franssen battling in Olympic National Park. Rae Deaton and Kristin Scharnweber seining the San Marcos river in July 2009. First IV workshop with Joanna Kelley and Jenn Williams at the MRS in Colorado. Moose in Colorado… impressive even for a fish head. The pic was taken by Joanna Kelley. Daren Riedle in action in water… … as well as on land. Katie Roach at BioBlitz in Lick Creek Park. Marion and Paul catching bugs. Seining in Chiapas with Chirpy (2009). Allison Peez: Natural born caver. Chirpy, Peez, and Alfonso rejoicing all the Profundulus. Christian passing the Tropic of Cancer. Looking for four-eyed fish in Georgetown. Fishing on the Rupununi in Guyana: Carmen Montaña, Guillermo Orti, Ryan King, and Kirk Winemiller (2009). My first crocodilian. Carmen and a nice Rhombeus. Don Taphorn… … and Hernán López in Guyana. Devin Bloom working with small (boring) fish. Me working with big (awesome) fish. Bibiana Correa hunting fossils on the Brazos (fall 2008). 2008 Ichthyology class. Future ichthyologists! Ally… … and Lea bringing a sense of fashion to fishing (summer 2008). Courtney at the type locality of Priapella compressa 2008. Francisco Garcia de Léon fooling around in Tabasco (2008). Seining in Honduras with Wilfredo Matamoros in 2008. Courtney attacked by vicious turtle in Tabasco 2007. There are no princes in Nebraska… (2007). Nate Franssen and me interviewing a nice cave crayfish in 2007. Matt Dugas in the January-Stansbury-Cave. Cave crew 2006: Nate Franssen, Rickey Cothran, Courtney Franssen, me, Matt Dugas, and Don Shepard. Cool and the gang collecting crawdads in Oklahoma (2006). Courtney and Rudy “working” (Texas 2006). Oh yes! At the bar in Tapijulapa. Martin Plath, Rudy Riesch, and me dissecting cavefish (2006). Dorks! Visiting Gil Rosenthal and his students in Calnali (2006). Paco emerging from the Luna Azufre cave. With Vickie Siegel and Karen Henker in Tapijulapa (2006). Yes. We have to stop at these balls all the times. Rudy, Martin, and Ingo in 2006… … Rudi and Ingo in 2007 (and I could go on). Marco Arroyo, Juan Miguel Artigas Azas, me, and Mauricio de la Maza. Cichlidophiles in Cuatro Cienegas. Dean Hendrickson and Peter Unmack in Cuatro Cienegas (2005). Yes. It is called work. Courtney Franssen, Peter Unmack, Jeff Wesner and others working their butts off. Darrin Hulsey in CC (2005). Does she have pharyngeal teeth? Rachael Remington and Peter Unmack somewhere in Texas 2005. The definition of happiness. My brother Hitsch seining in Texas. The definition of unhappiness. Digging out crayfish in Oklahoma (2005). Chris Lukhaup and Steve Hensley collecting cave crayfish in 2005. Martin “The Glove” Plath messing around in Southern Mexico (2004). Ingo Schlupp and Martin Plath celebrating a successful trip in front of the Cueva del Azufre in 2004. Why does it look so staged? Working in the Alps in the old days. My first real job: teaching botany with Yves Aubert. Costa Rica with Schmidi in 2002: Road tripping, camping, and catching fish. Collecting tropical fish for the first time. Philipp Schönenberger with a Tico in Costa Rica (2000).