Travel grants to go - Jason Goldstein

29 April 2018 - By: Jason Goldstein

Travel grants to go - Jason Goldstein

Jason Goldstein

By Jason Goldstein, University of New Hampshire, USA

Jason travelled to the 11th International Conference & Workshop on Lobster Biology & Management (Portland, Maine USA) to present his research on “The Potential Effects of Acidified Seawater on American Lobster Chemosensory-mediated Behaviours”.

The Conference was an exciting week of scientific presentations and discussions, featuring presentations of interest to industry members, resource managers, biologists, economists and social scientists. Lobsters of many species were at the centre of scientific research and in the media spotlight and collectively represent a marine environment that is increasingly under the pressures of human exploitation and environmental change.

Over 200 abstracts were presented across several thematic programs and I was incredibly lucky to have been able to focus my attention on a few themes that were of particular value. These included a half-day session on ‘Behaviour and Neurobiology’ and another theme that was immensely didactic to me - ‘Physiological Responses to Environmental Stressors’ – a session where I also presented my research.

During the conference I had the opportunity to network with many colleagues which was so valuable for my continued growth as a scientist. In particular there were two interactions with other delegates with that provided such a unique exchange that I could not have gleaned from emails, phone calls, or even through social media. Firstly, I was able to meet a group of crustacean scientists from New Zealand who were collectively looking at aspects of the deep-sea scampi lobster (Metanephrops challengeri) with emphasis on behaviour, physiology and growth. There is virtually no data for this species and it represents a highly ‘data-poor’ fishery system. I was able to give this group some helpful information and look forward to working with them more. Secondly, I befriended a fisheries oceanographer who I will now be collaborating with on meshing both fish and crustacean species along with environmental data from the Gulf of Maine in the Northwestern Atlantic.

In short, this conference provided so many opportunities to interact with scientists in and outside my area of study.
Category: Animal Biology