I had the privilege of attending four professional meetings in 2018. Second up on the list was ASSAB, the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, which was held in July 2018 by the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. This was such a fun meeting with a shared labmate AirBnB and midnight pancakes! My first time to Brisbane, I was really impressed at how charming this city is. There is clearly a lot of care and time put into maintaining the public spaces along the river which were an awesome resource in the mornings while my labmate and I tried to run off the morning tea pastries.
We also hit an amazing farmer’s market where I bought and quickly ate my weight in blueberries, visited the museum, and fit in some clothes shopping in the bustling strip of shops. The fairy lights strewn throughout the trees at the pedestrian bridge and the fruit bats at dusk were icing on the cake.
I delivered a 15-min talk on my work with the physiological costs of weaponry and extreme size variation in NZ harvestmen. To my surprise, I won honorable mention for best student talk at the awards dinner. My photo of a jumping spider also won the prize for best photograph in the invertebrate category. This was also my first time chairing a session at a conference. I was sure to have questions ready for each speaker in case the audience did not have a question and it went very smoothly!