I write on the Trinity College Dublin EcoEvo@TCD blog about my recent trip to New Orleans for the Ecological Society of America’s 2018 meeting. My first time presenting results at a large meeting and my first trip to America. Read more on the EcoEvo@TCD blog.
“It’s a hot day in early August in New Orleans, Louisiana. The beads of sweat rolling from everyone’s foreheads are a permanent fixture in this humidity. A group of drummers are joined by some brass players and an impromptu jazz performance begins. This is my first time in the U.S.A. and I really don’t know how I feel; primarily because of the jetlag. I’ve flown to the other side of the world for the largest gathering of ecologists on earth. This is the Ecological Society of America’s 103rdannual meeting (ESA 2018), where researchers from all over the world gather to share their science. Thousands of people walked the halls of the convention centre and I wondered if I’d ever see anyone I knew…”