Congratulations Cassandra

Cassandra successfully defended her honors thesis titled “Effects of gene flow on color and body size in guppies.” Great job Cassandra!

Cassandra Welch presents at FRSES 2014

Cassandra Welch presents at FRSES 2014

AFS Western Division

I took this picture from the conference center. Lots of smog = great sunsets #nofilter

I took this picture from the conference center. Lots of smog = great sunsets #nofilter

I was thrilled that this year’s AFS Western Division meeting was held in Mazatlan, Mexico! The location was perfect and the people were great. I learned an incredible amount about mangroves at the second annual mangrove symposium, for example that the checkered puffer fish has a personality type for aggression and boldness. I also learned that warm sunny weather coupled with fresh-squeezed margaritas puts fish biologists in a fantastic mood. Thanks everyone for a well-organized and successful WD 2014 meeting.

Conference attendees Elliot Broder and Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey chatting in front of pacu (Serrasalminae)

Conference attendees Elliot Broder and Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey chatting in front of pacu (Serrasalminae)