Dear Dr. Steve Yaninek and Dr. Ian Kaplan
I am sincerely honored to have been selected to attend the Graduate Course in Insect Chemical Ecology (ICE 2014). It was a wonderful experience that not only allowed me to expand my knowledge as an entomologist, but also to share a lot of amazing experiences with colleagues from over 13 countries.
Over those weeks at Penn State University, I was able to know different techniques to isolate and extract semiochemicals. I also expanded my knowledge about applying these compounds in crop and human protection programs. I also refreshed classic theories and phylogenetic hypothesis to explain the chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions. At the end, I deeply enjoyed the chemical ecology and evolution of pollination by sexual deception in orchids, one of the most amazing models to understand the beauty of this field of study.
Each talk was a new idea to improve my experiments and the chance of meeting people that in many ways inspired my work. It was incredibly rewarding to speak with them and know more about their experiences and future plans.
I must say that I have no words to describe the amount great things I experienced in this, my last international course as a grad student. There is a phrase in Spanish to summarize the feeling: “estuvo super chevere!”
Muchas gracias a los dos!
PS. I wanted to send this letter few weeks ago, but I have been very busy trying to run those new ideas ;)