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The Blois lab has been having fun scouting for new field sites in Sequoia National Park this summer. A post on that work will be coming up soon. But in the midst of all the field work, we took a moment to honor our colleague and mentor Dr. Marilyn Fogel, currently the chair of the Life and Environmental Sciences group at UC Merced, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. It was an event that combined field work, research, fun, and seriousness, which I think is a good embodiment of Marilyn’s attitude towards research: do great and important work, but have fun while doing it!
The next day a subset of us hiked up Yosemite Falls to the upper falls overlook. We lucked out with beautiful hiking weather. It was warm, but not hot, and clear so the trail rocks weren’t slick. One of those beautiful days that reminded us of how lucky we are to live so close to such a beautiful place.
All of the symposia, talks, and posters look fantastic, but I’m particularly excited about the symposium I’m talking in: The convergence of conservation paleontology and biogeography. This was organized by Ed Davis and Jenny McGuire, and there are some fantastic speakers in the symposium.
If you want to follow along, the twitter hashtag is #ibs13. Quite a few of the attendees are on twitter, so I anticipate some lively tweeting!