Just as I spent a few great days with Karel Janko and his group discussing unisexual fishes, I got an e-mail from NSF saying that my proposal with Francisco Ubeda from Royal Holloway to study the origin of Amazon mollies was funded! This will keep me busy for a few years.
Well, time flies. My sabbatical is in the final weeks and I look forward to returning to Norman in August! I’ll teach my Statistics and Experimental Design class in the Fall semester and that should be fun.
In June I gave two invited seminars. One was in Wilhelmshaven at the Vogelwarte. They have an amazing long-term study on terns. Too bad the terns eat fish….
My second invite took me to Bonn, where I was able to chat with Timo Thuenken about his great work on Cichlid behavior.
Another true highlight was the Hybridization Symposium at the University of Hamburg. It brought together an amazing group of people working on one of the many aspects of hybridization. Personally, it was awesome to reconnect with and spend time with Rosemary and Peter Grant. They are among my scientific heroes!
In other news, Trai was awarded ABS Diversity Travel Award to attend this year’s joint meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society. That will be a great meeting!