I was invited to give a talk as part of the Department of Zoology Seminar Series at Trinity College Dubin (http://www.tcd.ie/Zoology/) at the end of November. I took an ~2 hour commuter train ride from Belfast to Dublin, then went just 2 stops on the DART train (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) and found myself at the edge of the Trinity campus. I met with lots of brilliant students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty (postdocs and professors) in the Department, and found them to be a very friendly group. My lunch with graduate students in the Dept was especially nice - they seemed to be a very cohesive, fun, and productive group.
My talk was in a lecture hall in the Botany Building. In fact, it was in the lecture hall that was featured in the 1980's film "Educating Rita" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educating_Rita_%28film%29). Here I am impersonating Michael Caine in that film!
My talk, titled "Understanding multi-scaled relationships
between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems," was well-attended and well-received by a mixture of students and staff. I had a lot of interesting questions after the talk. Then, we went back to the Zoology Dept for an informal social that was attended by undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and professors. Discussions during this social were really great. I was especially impressed with the quality of the TCD Zoology undergrads.
Here are two of the scholars I had conversations with and
who could be future collaborators: Drs. Ian Donohue and Andrew Jackson (http://www.tcd.ie/Zoology/staff/). I will likely return to Trinity this winter to meet with them again.
Special thanks to Drs. Katherine Webster and Natalie Cooper for hosting me and helping with my
UPDATE: Here's the Trinity EcoEvo blog post about my talk. http://www.ecoevoblog.com/2014/01/29/seminar-series-kendra-cheruvelil-michigan-state-universityqueens-university-belfast/