Summer and Fall of 2022 were difficult for me for personal reasons. Although I tried to let my professional work not be affected too much, it was not possible. It turned out to be a bit of a slow year in terms of publications, too. And I only submitted one major grant. But there are several things in the pipeline! A cool review of the effects of asexuals on sexual species is re-submitted to Evolution (and the preprint is available, too). Several papers from the NSF funded Amazon Molly project are also submitted and will hopefully come out in 2023.
We are also revisiting an old dataset on genetic structuring in Sailfin mollies, which will be my first paper with son, Dr. Jan Schlupp.
And I plan to submit at least three grant proposals in 2023……
In the summer, I attended my first in person conference in a long time – and promptly got Covid. Luckily, I had mild symptoms, but the disruption was serious, nonetheless.
Undeterred, I agreed to be an opponent for a doctoral student at Stockholm University. It was both terrifying and fun for the candidate and me. It felt like a huge responsibility to me. But it all worked out! Right after that I was able to attend a small conference in Wageningen, Netherlands, on Poeciliid Biology. It was a most delightful meeting with a lot to be learnt and many cool talks and discussions. I really love these small conferences!
One of the highlights in the fall was a short trip to Puerto Rico to check out the invasive livebearers of this island. There are no native Poeciliids on the island, but plenty of invasive species, including – of course – Guppies. And not only invasive fishes, but also invasive Green Iguanas. They are very pretty, but have a huge ecological impact.