U. S. C. biologist “Hutch” Hutchinson was our guest at Open Forum on October 2. Hutch told students all about his rather unorthodox education, which consisted of extended periods of attending graduate school, working on farms and spending time in the cypress swamp. The cypress swamp continues to be the focus of his research. Hutch is investigating how increased water salinity affects cypress trees at different times of the year. And he also has a fascinating theory about why cypress trees have knees! Hutch encouraged students to follow where their own curiosity leads them.