This makes me very uncomfortable. (Image from Wikipedia)

The ESC conference I attended earlier this month got me thinking (as any good conference should).

Not only was I thinking about all the really cool research going on around the country, but also about future directions for my own work, and for my growth as a grad student.  As I watched talk after talk, it became apparent that certain high-tech molecular tools are rapidly becoming prevalent in entomological research, which I tend to think of as being a very field-based (and not high-tech) science.  This view is, of course, heavily influenced by my own largely field-based, whole-organism research and the community-level ecological framework in which I tend to like to work.

By the time I got home from the conference, I was  a little worked up about all this molecular mumb0-jumbo.  I didn’t want anything to do with it. I didn’t want to feel obligated to incorporate it into my own research. It seemed unnecessarily complicated.  “Screw you, molecular junk”, I thought.

Then I thought about it some more. And I came to the realization that I was being a little rash. A little judgmental. A little, well…a little terrified, actually.


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