I had a very enjoyable time at the Geological Society of America Conference. Highlights for this include:
- The Night at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Reception
This reception allowed for free entrance to the museum and its exhibits. My favorite of these was the Extreme Mammals exhibit which featured a full-scale model of Indricotherium, the largest land mammal ever found. I definitely recommend this museum to anyone who visits the Denver area.
- Alumni reception
I attended the alumni reception for the University of Cincinnati and saw many of my old professors and classmates. It was great to catch up with them and meeting alumni who graduated before me.
- Poster Sessions/Talks
Although I did not present a poster, I did look at the posters during the sessions. I saw Hannah give her presentation (she did a fantastic job) and I was able to see posters from various other fields. I also attended numerous talks with a focus on paleontology and paleoecology. Here, I was able to learn more about the distance between the biology and paleontology communities and efforts to bridge that. My favorite talk of the conference was given by Dr. Robert T. Bakker, a vertebrate paleontologist who specializes in dinosaurs, who gave a talk to address the debate of if Apatosaurus and Brontosaurus are different genera. The talk had high-energy, good evidence, and caused a lot of discussion.
- Exploring Denver
When not attending talks or poster sessions, I was able to take time and explore the city. My favorite spot was an art gallery called Incredible Art Gallery, which produced artwork for Disney including great original works for Star Wars, Marvel, and many Disney movies and shows. Pictured below is a painting I purchased.