I keep trying to convince myself that I have another week to prepare, but it seems that my ticket to Baltimore for (the Ecological Society of America) ESA’s Centennial meeting is scheduled for tomorrow! Although ESA is a massive gathering and it can be easy to feel exhausted or lost in the crowd (especially by the end of the week), I have to admit that I really look forward to this meeting.
ESA is like a buffet of ecology. You can sample anything you feel like: theoretical ecology, field ecology, small-scale site-specific studies, large-scale macroecology, methods-based talks, career strategies, and more. You can sit all day in talks, you can browse the posters or the commercial booths, or you can hang out by the coffee stand and see who you run into! It’s also a fun opportunity for me to meet with collaborators that I don’t get to see often, or get together with folks from my ecological past – grad school, postdocs, fieldwork, etc. Every year, I leave ESA feeling excited about being a scientist, and re-invigorated about the research that I’m doing.
This year I’ve committed to more than usual at ESA. In addition to giving a talk in an Organized Oral Session (I was invited to speak in the session “New perspectives for ecology in the Anthropocene“), I’m also helping to organize several events, including an early career mentoring program, for the Early Career Ecologist Section as the incoming Chair for 2015-2016. I’m also headed there a day early to take advantage of some extra time to meet up with my coPIs for our sDiv working group on quantifying biodiversity change.
My talk on citizen science and open science approaches in the Anthropocene, using our hummingbird migration study as an example will be at 10:10 am on Tuesday, August 11, in Baltimore Convention Center room 310. The whole session should be great, so come check it out!
A few other sessions that I’m particularly excited to attend (but probably won’t be able to get to them all) include the following. I hope to catch up with some of you there!