Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Brief update

This week, I've been working on my presentation for this year's Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Bristol. The conference is next week and I've got my own talk, plus contributions to another talk and a poster. Unfortunately, I can't post details of my talk until after the meeting, because the abstract is embargoed. This year looks somewhat promising. There was a record number of abstract submissions, so a lot of the papers that focused on strict descriptive alpha taxonomy did not make the cut. I'm quite happy with that, to be honest. I don't really need to travel a long way to see talks on descriptions of new animals when, in a few months, I can read and use the paper. I'm a bit more interested in seeing progress on sorting out the relationships of problematic taxa, and maybe learning about novel uses for fossils. There's some promising stuff this year.

Spent part of last week on holiday in Prague. One of the great things about living in Europe is the short distance to all these great places.

2 comments:

Roberto Keller said...

One of the great things about living in Europe is the short distance to all these great places.

Unless you live in the westernmost tip of the continent, and are screwed by the fact that TGV hasn't reached Lisbon (ok, I'm whining too much. I did spend some great time in Granada recently.)

Martin Brazeau said...

That's true, Roberto. But how is your access to cheap discount air carriers? That's another big plus, I find.