At the annual meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Cairns, in the beautiful Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia. This is the big annual meeting for tropical ecologists, and a wonderful rounded education of all that is happening in tropical ecology and conservation for anyone who attends.
I have just been elected a Council Member, and attended a few days of valuable and thought-provoking discussion what what a tropical biology association should be, and who it should be for.
We have also just launched a European subgroup of ATBC, to facilitate greater linkage and collaboration between European tropical forest researchers.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University