Rodet and myself travels to the Dominican Republic for two separate purposes: to attend a conference and to do some field work. The conference we attended was the annual conference of the Caribaea Initiative. This was an amazing meeting of scientist from many different countries across the Caribbean to discuss conservation activities and strategies. Rodet gave a great talk on thermal tolerance in the genus Limia, and I was honored to deliver one of the keynotes. We stayed in a hotel right on the Malecon. Unfortunately, we had to see large floating fields of algae, that can destroy whole beaches.
After the conference we teamed up with Patricia Torres Pineda from the Natural History Museum in Santo Domingo to search for Limia in the north of the island. We found some beautiful Limia, but also a healthy population of introduced Xiphophorus maculatus.
I spent the last few days of February in the UK. I met with the editor of my book in Oxford and spent a few hours discussing all the questions I had (or have). I will never forget the weather because it felt like summer as I explored the famous botanical garden wearing a T-shirt.
Rodet and I went to Cuba for another expedition and adventure. The trip was marred by travel problems, grounded flights, and rental car trouble. But nonetheless we collected fishes from many localities. It was an amazing trip!
Later in January I spent a few days in Potsdam again to work on a proposal.
Not far away from Kiel and also pretty close to the small town where I was born is a lovely small village named Plön. It is home to a nice little federal research Institute, the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology (http://www.evolbio.mpg.de/2169/en) I think it is a little bit of a misnomer, as all biology is Evolutionary biology, but the focus of this Institute is on hardcore evolution. The Institute hosted a wonderful small conference on the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis. Friend or critic of the idea, it is something that is discussed widely in the community.
Thanks to delightful hosts and a great, friendly atmosphere we all had a good time!
After Trinidad, there was one more trip: Cuba. Rodet and I went to study Limia in their natural habitat. After that, there was not much time left in the summer. In September I focused on my new book on Male Mate Choice. The next adventure will be a small conference in Plön, Germany.
After more fieldwork in June (this time in Jamaica), the highlight for July was the LACCCB conference in Trinidad. The conference was fantastic, and the symposium on invasive fishes that Amy Deacon organized was very successful.
Rodet gave a great presentation on freshwater fishes of Cuba!
And being in the homeland of Guppies was fun, too.
As we discussed at the conference I am making a field-sheet available for all. You can download it from the Resources page on this website,