Student support from the Rutgers Climate Institute offset travel costs for me to attend the American Genetics Association Presidential Symposium in Pacific Grove, CA in July 2016. With a theme of “Local adaptation: from phenotype to genotype to fitness,” this was the perfect place for me to present a poster entitled: “Candidate loci under environmental selection in a panmictic marine population.”
Jennifer reports, "Attending this small, specialized conference allowed me to learn about findings and techniques being used to investigate local adaptation across a wide variety of flora and fauna. It also allowed me to present my findings on local adaptation in summer flounder, facilitating productive conversations about my research and generating ideas on how to best extend it into the future. Perhaps most importantly, I was able to connect and network with top scientists studying local adaptation, as well as other graduate students who are exploring similar questions and who may provide peer support as I build my career."