It's not every Ecology conference that I get to see a guy riding a unicycle wearing a Darth Vader mask while playing a bagpipe! I am just a little disappointed that in my surprise at the spectacle I didn't snap a picture of the guy! The conference itself was far from disappointing and exceeded all my expectations. I had the chance to meet incredible scientist, reunite with old friends, and learn about what's going on at the ecological frontier. I was very pleased I had the chance to present the preliminary findings from my lab's DNA metabarcoding study of California hummingbird diets.
I am very excited to begin my work with the Wilson Rankin lab in the Entomology department at UC Riverside! Our planned research will investigate anthropogenic factors influencing pollination networks in California.
Our article "Nectar robbing impacts pollinator behavior but not plant reproduction", published in the November 2016 issue of Oikos, was featured as the cover article! Thanks to Nicole LaRoche for the fantastic photography, you can find more of her work, including lots of pictures from my field site in Peru, here.
Our article titled "Pollination ecology of Oreocallis grandiflora at the northern and southern ends of its geographic range" has been published in the Journal of Pollination Ecology. See the article in Early View here.