The Portland Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting was certainly a big deal – ~3000 scientists from around the world and from four scientific host societies. The schedule was completely jam-packed, 8 AM – 6 or 8 PM every day. Members of the Elser Lab were highly engaged. Eric and Amanda co-organized a session on the stoichiometry of consumer-driving nutrient recycling and presented their results there. Jess presented her work on the Aravaipa shading experiment and Meagan presented her Aravaipa bioassay experiments in the Tuesday poster session. Finally, Jim presented an update on “Life on Floating Pumice” in the cavernous Oregon Ballroom, where at least 2000 chairs were in attendance.
There were also happy reunions with former members of the Elser Lab, such as Paul Frost, Michelle McCrackin, and Kumud Acharya (below).