I'm a little late on posting this, but about a month ago the Rocha lab went to the 2011 ASIH meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Both myself and fellow Rocha lab PhD student Moises Bernal gave talks on our Halichoeres projects (manuscripts of these projects are being completed now,and should be submitted soon). Both of our talks went well, and I saw a lot of other interesting talks and posters. These meetings always get me excited about future research directions and new techniques. The meeting this year was very well organized, and included new activities for graduate students including a "speed networking" session, and a discussion session with various professionals in the field on how to find a job. Minneapolis was a great city to have this meeting at, and it was very welcoming and full of attractions (I highly suggest the rooftop bowling at the British Pub). The pictures in this post are of my talk and Moises' talk. Now I think its time to start working on a project so that I can attend next years meeting in Vancouver!
I just got back from the annual joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, which was held in Providence, RI this year. It was a six day long trip, which was constantly full of things to do, and it was a lot of fun. I saw a lot of good talks and poster presentations which gave me great ideas, and I also got to meet a lot of scientists. The reef fish evolution and ecology lab of UTMSI (which is comprised of Dr. Luiz Rocha, Moises Bernal, and myself pictured above) presented a poster entitled "Morphology and Molecules Indicate Speciation by Hybridization in a Marine Fish". Despite being in Providence during a heat wave we still managed to see the zoo, and visit some of the local restaurants and see other attractions. Overall the meeting was a success and I look forward to attending next years.