I spent one-third of 2016 outside of Melbourne! Much of my travel was motivated by my work. Though I had lofty goals of blogging on the go, I didn’t progress beyond a single draft post. But once December rolled round I shared a slideshow of travel highlights with the
QAECO lab – here’s a few annotated pics.
In June I visited Seattle for ISEC. QAEcologists Pia & Nick also attended, and we even got to catch up with QAECO alumnus Kim Millers! I took training in Bayesian model selection and R-NIMBLE, then attended just about every HMM session I could.
In the evening, we found time for baseball. Iadine Chadès was on hand to guide Pia, Kim & I through the rules.
I flew east in time to observe the 4th of July in Washington DC. I spent a couple of days at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center catching up with adaptive management mavens Sarah Converse & Mike Runge. I made a new friend at Resources for the Future in Becky Epanchin-Niell – we have abundant common research interests and I hope we’ll get to collaborate soon.
From DC, I took a bus and a small leap of faith in visiting another stanger. Sandy Liebhold is based at the US Forest Service in Morgantown WV and a partner investigator on the ARC Discovery Project I’m part of. He’s a forest entomologist, enthusiastic natural historian and generous host. It was great to get to know him and the gypsy moth program better. I was also unexpectedly smitten with the local culinary curiosity, salt rising bread.
Sandy invited me to stick around a further week to attend the IUFRO Workshop on Forest Invasions. It was a diverse mix of invasion and management science, policy and social science from across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia & Oceania. I learned a lot!
In September I was a guest at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. I was hosted by the wonderful Joung Hun Lee (who I first met at the University of Tokyo), and also benefited from an hour with the agile mind of Yoh Iwasa. I gave three presentations around the Japanese Society of Mathematical Biology conference and relished the abundant equations.
From Japan I flew to Perth for the Australasian Weeds Conference, which I wrote a bit about previously. I always appreciate the pragmatism of the work shared at this conference. I also spared a day to visit weed modeller Michael Renton over at UWA.
Travel is one of the great privileges of my job! In 2016 it exposed me to such a diversity of ecosystems, management challenges and research approaches. In 2017 I’m expecting to stay a little closer to home, transferring these insights to my own work.
The last friend I made while travelling – a quokka on Rottnest Island.