Participating in conferences is one of the best and most fun ways to learn about current scientific findings and connect with people in your field. This past week, Alexa Wagner and Emma Dawson-Glass from the Stuble lab and Hector Ortiz from the Medeiros lab attended the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference, one of the world’s largest gatherings of ecologists. This year’s conference was the first in-person ESA meeting and was held in Montreal in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE).
Over the course of the week, we attended talks and presented our research. Each day is jam packed with talks, poster sessions, workshops, and meetings. We also get to catch up with our ecologist friends and hear what is happening at other institutions.
But conferences are not all work! One of the best parts of going to conferences is getting to visit new cities. We had a lot of fun exploring Montreal and investigating the nature on Mont Royal (and appreciating the beautiful view!).
We are excited to share what we’ve learned with the rest of the Research Department (and to show off our amazing panoramic cityscape photos!).
At the Holden Arboretum, I work under Dr. Katie Stuble as a research technician, assisting with research on community assembly, species dynamics, and ecosystem function. I work primarily with field data collection, greenhouse experiments, and data management for the lab. My research interests include the spatial dynamics of plant and insect diversity, community assembly, pollination ecology, and species interactions (specifically mutualisms and plant-insect interactions).