Sad news indeed on the CRUST-L email list:
we sadly have to inform you that yesterday our dear friend and colleague Francesca Gherardi passed away.
It was only weeks ago that I met Dr. Gherardi for the first time at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting, where she was a speaker at the special session on crayfish. She was having terrible problems with her throat. She could barely whisper, but this did not diminish her presentation, once she got her hands on the microphone.
I caught a few pictures of her from the session; here is one.
She was a fine scientist, and will be much missed.