Clubes de Ciencia - Mexico, 2016
I had the great fortune to spend the last week in Monterrey, Mexico leading an intensive, week-long course as part of Clubes de Ciencia - Mexico (CdeCMx). The course, titled "Forests of Future", focused on the impacts of climate change on plant diversity and how we can use species distribution modeling to predict these impacts.
The experience has forced me to use an old cliché — I truly lack the words to convey how much fun I had last week. I would like to thank CdeCMx and the hosting institution, Universidad Regiomontana (U-ERRE), for running a fantastically organized program and providing an open and welcoming environment to myself and my students. I would also like to thank my right-hand man, AJ Protin, for helping me run my course and navigate some of the more thorny translation hiccups.
Most importantly though, I would like to thank my students. These kids (Alondra, Fernanda, Con, Dante, Itzel, Alan, Verónica, Efraín, Ana Lucia, Ricardo, Cecilia, Ivan y Ivan) were an inspiration. Their excitement for learning was overwhelming (literally! they wouldn't leave at the end of the day!). They were also wonderful people whose commitment to helping one another was humbling and the reason I love to teach. I wish these kids all the best. They are the future of science, not just in Mexico, but in world. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to meet them.