The 2014 AOU/COS/SCO meeting in Estes Park was one of my favorite conferences to date. Set in the beautiful landscape just outside of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the four day meeting was jam-packed with outstanding talks from ornithologists at different career stages. I particularly enjoyed the “Genomic Approaches to Understanding Avian Speciation” symposium, which was organized by my lab mates Scott Taylor and Leo Campagna, and the “Molecular Biogeography and Classification Crisis” symposium. It was great to reconnect with former lab mates, mentors, friends, and colleagues in addition to forging new connections.
As co-chair of the Joint Student Affairs Committee, I helped to organize various activities for the meeting, including the Student-Professional Social, the Quiz Bowl, and an Introduction to R Workshop.
Finally, I was graciously awarded a student presentation award for my talk on phenotypic diversification without speciation in redpolls, which is in collaboration with Scott Taylor. I’m looking forward to the next joint meeting of the AOU and the COS in Oklahoma!