Incubator at the University of Montana holding Lednia tumana nymphs at 1ºC
We didn't know how things would turn out, but happily, our long-term thermal exposure project outlasted our worst expectations! This week we celebrate the 30-day mark for testing survival in Lednia in the lab. Lednia have not only survived in our incubators but we have even managed to get flight performance data from ~15 individuals!
Introducing our first speaker at the beginning of the symposium
Along with my former Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Cameron Ghalambor, I organized a symposium as part of the International Biogeography Society's celebration of 250 years of science based on Humboldt's initial work. The conference was held in Quito, Ecuador, one of the places Humboldt visited when he proposed the first version of the "climate variability hypothesis". Our symposium was called "Architects of Variation: How Climate and Physiology Shape Patterns of Biodiversity" and featured some excellent talks on a number of taxa, by a diversity of scientists from around the world.