Posted by Jess: I spent a few days at the 27th New Phytologist Symposium, Stoichiometric flexibility in terrestrial ecosystems under global change. There were many interesting talks that covered a broad spectrum of cases when elemental cycles were or were not linked. Some of the notable talks included those by Drs. Sasha Reed, who encouraged us to think about the stoichiometry of fluxes instead of pools, Gaius Shaver, who demonstrated the importance of conducting years-long experiments to understand ecosystem function, and Esteban Jobbágy, who presented a stoichiometric analysis of conventional agricultural systems. It was a great meeting and I look forward to being a part of the challenging research that is understanding stoichiometric flexibility!