My Introduction

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Ryan_Walsh
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My Introduction

Post by Ryan_Walsh » Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:11 pm

Hi everyone,

My name is Ryan Walsh and I thought I would introduce myself. I have been growing orchids for quite a while and Phals. for pretty much that whole time. Oddly enough my passion of growing orchids since a young kid became my career in college. In college I became enthralled with slipper orchids and the mechanisms by which they were pollinated. After a lot of classes and research I received my Ph.D. in Biology with a concentration in Plant Ecology and Evolution from Bowling Green State University in August of 2013 studying the pollination and Evolution of deceit pollination in Cypripedium candidum. Currently I teach Evolutionary Ecology and Introduction to Environmental Science at the same University while looking for a post-doc/Professor position.

While, of course, my first love is slipper orchids, I have become more and more interested in Phals and they have become a part of my collection. I have always focused on species for obvious reasons but am slowly coming around to hybrids. My Orchid obsession started out as a hobby and is still the thing that keeps me sane when the science of orchids drives me up the wall. Aside from growing orchids my other past times include bonsai and growing orchids from seed which I have been working on for the past four years off and on. Of course the latter often intercedes with my career and I use the knowledge from both to further each other. I have been a long time lurker and decided to join the forum because reluctantly, I have become quite the Phal fan. The posts from Dr. Stock and others on in vitro culture have repeatedly appeared in my searches when looking for flasking information so why not join?

Currently I grow indoors under high pressure sodium lights and my collection includes Paphs, Phals, Bulbos, Dendrochilium and Catt species.

I look forward to sharing my passion with all of you and learning as much as I can from all the excellent growers here. As I've always said, some of the best botanists in the world couldn't grow a plant to save their lives so everyone has something to learn from each other.

P.S. sorry if some of my intro sounded like a job application, I've been doing a lot of those lately :lol:
Ryan Walsh, Ph.D. - Plant Ecology and Evolution

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Re: My Introduction

Post by Nikki Leonard » Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:31 pm

Welcome!!

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Re: My Introduction

Post by zxyqu » Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:38 pm

I know the job application for post docs well :p. Thought it sounded familiar. Good luck in finding those. There are a few plant side scientist and post doc roles on USAjobs.gov FYI.

Welcome to the crew!
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Re: My Introduction

Post by rangiku » Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:48 pm

Welcome, Ryan W. Always great to another scientist join this merry band of orchid lovers.

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Re: My Introduction

Post by Ryan_Walsh » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:17 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. It's good to see some more scientists here, at my University I am definitely in the minority as far as plant biologist go. I kind of look at it as a way to get a whole new generation interested in plants (and Orchids...ha ha ha) that would have never considered it.

And yes zxyqu, USAJobs and I are friends/enemies, a few jobs, lots of applicants = a whole lot of competition. I did do some Oak Savanna restoration work for The Nature Conservancy last summer after I defended which qualifies me for work that I frankly don't want to do. A job is a job though, keep plugging on I guess.
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Re: My Introduction

Post by hbozeman » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:27 pm

Welcome, Ryan. Looking forward to having you weigh in withy your expertise and see some pics.
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Re: My Introduction

Post by Call_Me_Bob » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:42 pm

Welcome to the community! I'm sure you have lots of knowledge and I hope you share it! Have any photos of your bonsai?
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Post by penangirl » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:08 am

welcome Doc............

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Re: My Introduction

Post by Bob in Albany NY » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:15 am

Hi from another slipper lover. I do way more paphs. that phals. but the last couple of years has me now buying more phals. that paphs. I love all orchids but just can't keep them all.

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Re: My Introduction

Post by Ryan_Walsh » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:45 pm

Thanks again for the warm welcome everyone.

Call me Bob, well most of mine are temperate trees and currently in cold storage in the garage right now but here's my only tropical tree a Ficus salicifolia in a Sara Rayner pot. I purchased this one from a Florida nursery a few years ago with the trunk developed but nothing much else in the way of branches. Pretty much everything here was grown and wired by me. It just recently got rewired and pruned which is why some of the leaves are a little messy looking. It will settle down and look a little neater once the branches adjust to their new positions. This one is about 7.5 inches tall with a 1.5 inch trunk. I stick exclusively to shohin size due to space limitations.

And more on topic this is my Phal. amabilis from the last time it bloomed. I got this one at least four years ago from Orchids Limited and it has been a fantastic plant for me. It blooms reliably every year and (at least in my mind) has a very nice shape. This is last years' blooming but it is bud this year again.

edit: I also wanted to mention I feel like the ID on this is questionable. It has the smooth, callus with less teeth and unfortunately I have no good pictures of the midlobe. What is presented is what Orchids Limited sold it to me as. Take that as you will. When this flowered last I was in the midst of edits on my dissertation so I didn't get too much into the taxonomy. It's in bud now so we'll see.
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