The First Gathering of Water Nerds

The first JASM, or Joint Aquatic Science Meeting, is happening now in Portland, Oregon.  The major aquatic organizations are joining in a fellowship:  The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, The Society of Wetland ScientistsThe Phycological Society of America (phycology is the study of algae, I had to look it up), and The Society of Freshwater Scientists (my favorite).

The theme for the meeting is ‘Bridging Genes to Ecosystems: Aquatic Science at a Time of Rapid Change.’ An important aim of this meeting includes working toward an integrative understanding of aquatic systems and fostering collaboration and interaction across the participating societies.”

Trying to read the schedule and agenda is like looking at a spread buffet of cheeses, fruits, and tarts.  There are meetings, socials, oral presentations, plenary sessions, field trips, the list goes on.  If you want to see what I mean, check out the the sessions list…  See what I mean?  Not only are there countless oral presentations and workshops, but there are also science pubs, a jam session, a Portland brew tour, and a field trip around the Columbia River Gorge.  The fun never ends!  Sign me up for the taxonomy fair.

There are amazing session titles such as:

“We’ve got a nitrogen fixation! Exploring, integrating, and understanding N fixation along the freshwater to marine continuum”

“Double trouble: Interactive effects of climate change and other anthropogenic drivers on aquatic ecosystems”

There are many poster and oral presentations on aquatic insect emergence, including one on riparian spiders!

Spatial and Temporal Variation in Plecoptera and Trichoptera Emergence from Headwater Streams

Advances in Emergence Insect Sampling: New Sticky Trap Designs and Automated Sample Processing

The Riparian Continuum Concept: Spiders and Cross Ecosystem Subsidies Along the River Continuum

Quantifying the Emergence of Giant Stonefly and its Importance to Terrestrial Foodwebs in Western Rivers

A meeting I had with a Giant Stonefly in Oregon:


A session on aquatic fungi and another on using new technologies for identifying using DNA analysis


JASM, also known as a five day epic orgy of aquatic scientist brains.