I'm still reeling from a great week at the annual Ecological Society of America meeting earlier this month in Baltimore! The session organized by myself and Lindsey Thurman on biotic interactions & species distributions was a huge success! Thanks to all our great speakers for joining us and stimulating such great conversations. You can find more information about the session at our unofficial website. If you couldn't make it, check out the associated papers for two of our speakers: Dave Harris & Phoebe Zarnetzke.
As for the other talks I attended, my new strategy of sitting through entire organized sessions and symposia paid off: investing in thinking about a single subject for several hours was intellectually rewarding (and much less exhausting than running between talks). I particularly enjoyed the symposium "Understanding Temporal Trends in Biodiversity", organized by Nick Gotelli, Maria Dornelas, Brian McGill and Anne Magurran. The speaker list was phenomenal and they tackled a difficult and controversial subject with brilliance and thoughtfulness.
Of the individual talks I attended, I noticed two emerging themes (likely more a reflection of my own research interests):
1. In the context of thinking about ecological states and changes between them (i.e. "regime shifts", but also no-analog communities with climate change), there is much discussion on the commonness of disequilibrium between species distributions/community structure, and climate.
Finally, I am so pleased to have won the Best Student Talk Award from the Aquatic Section!
This is such an honor and I am so grateful to all that attended. I'll post the slides from my talk here as soon as possible.