Social Insects in the Northeast Regions (SINNERS), Washington, D.C., 10-11 December 2016
Because of TIE Funding... Since I study social insects (honey bees), this conference was a great opportunity to network with people in this niche of ecology. Being able to attend this conference was also beneficial to me because I presented data from a pilot project and I asked conference attendees for suggestions. I got suggestions from other bee people, ant people, and termite people; the varied social insect expertise was invaluable!
American Meteorological Society 16th Annual Student Conference, Seattle, Washington, 21-22 January 2017
Because of TIE Funding... The TIE travel grant allowed me to travel to the conference and present my poster, and gave me a chance to interact with other students doing similar research. I also got a chance to see what research other students are doing in this field. While I've presented posters before, this was my first time doing so at such a large conference, and it gave me the opportunity to improve my presentation skills in a one-on-one setting, as well as to an audience.
World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (American Society of Civil Engineers – Environmental and Water Resources Institute), Sacramento, California, 21-25 May 2017
Because of TIE Funding... I presented my talk in a Sustainability session focused on the energy-water nexus. I was put in this session because of the hydropower emphasis of my work, but the topics were diverse and ones with which I am not as familiar. I heard multiple presentations related to the water footprint of various energy sources in California, and another presentation related to the water temperature impacts of thermoelectric power plants. I tried to draw parallels between my flow alteration work, and the temperature alteration work that a Ph.D. student from the University of Illinois was doing. Attending this session piqued my interest in the water-energy nexus and led me to contemplate some of the renewable energy integration issues I had pondered when I attended a pre-conference workshop for a grant I was previously awarded for hydropower-related research.