Postcard from a Fellow: Sam Sillknetter
July 6, 2023
IGC IGEP Fellow, Sam Silknetter, tells us about his trip to Brisbane, Australia to attend the Freshwater Sciences 2023 Conference in June.
In June I traveled to Brisbane, Australia to attend the Freshwater Sciences 2023 Conference. While there I presented my research on patterns of genetic structure in aquatic invertebrates to a large group of international scientists. One of my meeting highlights was listening to a keynote address on the role of traditional ecological knowledge (mātauranga Māori) in managing New Zealand’s native kōura (freshwater crayfish). I also enjoyed running a 5K along the scenic Brisbane River and spotting a laughing kookaburra while hiking Mount Coot-Tha.
After attending the conference, I extended my stay and had the chance to explore with my wife, Allison. First, we saw a croc show with Robert Irwin at the Australia Zoo, then feasted on local cuisine from the Scenic Rim region. After a quick flight north, we then toured the Atherton Tablelands and Daintree National Forest, and spent a day snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. It was truly a trip of a lifetime!" -- Sam Silknetter