Another great year in San Francisco! This year my overall conference experience seemed markedly different, namely because I gave my first oral presentation. Luckily my nervousness subsided enough to tell people the story of how bugs like to live in different places (this is how I explained it to my 4-year-old niece at thanksgiving).
It was great to see old AGU friends and folks from Montana that I hadn't seen since summer. A few new people that I met were Joel Biederman (just completed his PhD at University of Arizona), Scott Peckham (Post-doc at University of Wyoming), and Andrés Varhola (recently completed PhD at University of British Columbia). They have all looked at the mountain pine beetle outbreak in their respective regions with a range of questions and approaches.