I’m off today (Sunday) for Costa Rica, where the council of the Society for the Study of Evolution is having its midwinter meeting. Although that lasts only a couple of days, I can’t go to Central America—especially the country with the best system of biological reserves—without doing some biotourism. I’ll be tagging along with a colleague who’s doing botanical field work, and then travelling to La Selva, another reserve where, back in the Cambrian of my scientific life, I once spent several weeks.
The last time I was in Costa Rica was in 1973, when I took at two-month course in Tropical Ecology under the auspices of the Organization for Tropical Studies. It was a fantastic course, headed by Don Wilson and Dan Janzen. It will be great to revisit the place after all these years.
I’ll be back posting in a bit less than two weeks, and in the meantime stalwart pinch-bloggers Matthew Cobb and Greg Mayer will fill in. They’re both busy, so posting will be light at best. But I promise to take plenty of pictures to bore you with when I return.
Hasta la proxima!
TSA POSTSCRIPT: I have just gone through the Naked Scanning Machine at O’Hare and then was chosen to be patted down. As the TSA guy said, “I’m going to palpate your left forearm and then your upper left thigh.” (They’re using classier language now.)
My forearm, of course, had my watch on it. God knows what suspicious thing they saw on my thigh, but I didn’t like the grope. At least they didn’t “palpate” my buttocks as they did in Boston last January!