If there is one single event that generates buzz among insect scientists (ha, ha), it’s the annual Entomological Society of America meeting. This year’s conference, held next week in Austin, Texas, is rumored to be the largest ever. Over 3,000 people are expected to share their latest research, trade tips on field and lab methods, and hunt for new jobs, new students, new employees, and new collaborators. ESA is also tremendous fun, a place to meet like-minded bug nerds and catch up with old friends.
The hashtag- of course there is a hashtag- is #EntSoc13.
The Austin meeting will be a first for me. Not my first ESA- I’ve been many times as student and researcher- but my first time as a professional photographer. I have rented a booth in the exhibitor area.
A booth means I have a fixed place where people can find me to chat about ants, photography, or even ant photography. And I’ll be easy to find. That’s me in #123, the corner stall next to the posters:
If you’re at the meeting, and I know many readers of this blog will be, please feel free to drop in and introduce yourself.
I am also bringing a few items to sell, hoping to offset the not-insignificant cost of renting the space:
- Myrmecos t-shirts ($22)
- Bee caste poster ($10)
- Postcards ($1; set of 6 for $5)
- Fine art prints ($30-$250, depending on size & mount)