During the fall semester, I attended the Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York (SCCS-NY). The three-day conference was held at the ever-inspiring American Museum of Natural History. The conference highlighted work by undergraduates, grad students, and post-docs, and provided a very welcoming atmosphere for networking and sharing research. Recently, the AMNH posted a synopsis of the conference. Videos of all talks should be available soon.
At the conference, I gave a 5-minute speed talk on the potential distribution of a recently introduced parasitic bird, the Pin-tailed Whydah. I received valuable feedback from a panel of 5 researchers that will help improve future conference talks. Also, it was exciting to talk through ideas for future research on this invasive species with colleagues during a 20 minute Q&A session that followed my speed talk. At the end of the conference, I was fortunate enough to receive an award for best speed talk!
The SCCS-NY group has just announced that the 2017 conference will run from October 11-13. I encourage anyone thinking about presenting their work as a poster or talk to apply. In addition to the many mentors in attendance and thoughtfully prepared workshops, the conference provides a welcoming environment to get to know future colleagues. As many attendees are at various stages of starting careers in Conservation Science, it was great to meet so many researchers I will be sure to see at SCCS-NY 2017.