Saturday, December 15, 2012

Entomological Society of America Meeting

It has been a while since I've updated the lab blog, and a lot has been going on.

I attended the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in November in Knoxville, Tennessee,  Knoxville is a wonderful place, and if you haven't been, you really should go.  The fall colors were just starting to fade when I arrived.

Fall foliage in Knoxville
I spent the week catching up with colleagues, friends and former students.  One of the best surprises of the meetings was catching up with Christian Carter, now a graduate student at Mississippi State University, but formerly of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Christian worked as a lab technician with Theo Sumnicht in my former lab for almost two years.  He now works with population models for cactus moths.

Christian presents his research at the ESA meeting

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fifth International Fire Congress

I recently attended the Fifth International Fire Congress, hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology.



Highlights from the conference:

Below is my poster, highlighting my work on the effects of prescribed fire on Ozark forest ant communities.  I completed this work under the advisement of Dr. Steve Yanoviak.



Here's Kyle Lapham from The Nature Conservancy's Iowa Field Office talking about collaborative work in fire implementation.



Micah-John Beierle presents his research on the fire history of the southern rolling plains of Texas during one of the presentation sections.  Micah recently completed an M.S. in the Texas Tech University Department of Natural Resources under the advisement of Dr. Ernest Fish.



Several colleagues and myself live-tweeted the conference, including @TTU_firelab, @firescienceGOV, @Nature_fire, @ThatFireSciGuy, and others.  Posts can be found under #firecon12