Dave and Sue are back from the second leg of their sabbatical, finishing with two weeks in the field with Georgina and the hummingbird team (see below). It has been a great five and half months, so thanks to Leigh, Joe, Jon, Jen, Mandy & everyone at UWA for making us so welcome, and Mark, John and Lorna, Kate, Mariella, Rob, Paul, Steve and everyone at Melbourne, Deakin, Macquarie, ANU, QUT and UQ for their hospitality and generously sharing their science (and ours!) whilst we were in Australia. And a keep on getting well to Andrew Cockburn as well. In North America, thanks to Trish and Allen, Rob, Victoria, Ellen and Rick, and Ben for their hospitality – great to catch up with everyone. And last but not least, thanks to Andy and Liz for looking after us so well in Canada, and to Georgina, Maria, Ellen and Amy for sharing the cabin. We hope the rest of the field season is as sunny!
Briefly, there has been a flurry of paper activity whilst I have been away, with Emily’s benefits of polyandry being accepted in Behavioural Ecology, Nicki’s methylation paper being accepted in Am Nat, Gethin’s inter-population cross paper being accepted in Biol J Linn Soc, and Becky’s cost of sex allocation paper coming out in Biology Letters. Congratulations everyone!