After an early summer of much phenology and morphology studies in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont, I had a great time helping teach Genetic Conservation of Salamanders in the Highlands of NC, with JJ Apodaca (Warren Wilson College, NC). At that time I found a new population of Hydatica that can be studied and am excited about such remote conditions and its influence on the genes. Then more botanizing happened in the woods before a much needed family vacation - it was great to disappear and see the US by road trip! I am now finalizing our treatment of Hydatica shealyi mcmillan & cushman before final publication. This coming fall I get to teach some botany labs and I hope to finish my collections and extractions for the GBS work in the spring. Lot's to do!