ESA in absentia

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The Entomological Society of America (ESA) held its 58th Annual Meeting earlier this week in San Diego, California. For those of you who were unable to attend, I’ve included a link to a poster that I and coauthors Chris Brown and Kent Fothergill presented, titled Cylindera cursitans: Distribution and Seasonal Occurrence in Southeast Missouri. Okay, I can already see the puzzled faces, as many of you know I was unable to attend myself. In fact, none of the poster authors were in attendance – if Kelly Tindall, Kent’s entomologist-wife, hadn’t attended the meetings the poster would have never seen the light of day.

Despite lead authorship on the poster, I had a minimal role in its preparation.  Kent did much of the dirty work – clipping text and figures from a manuscript on the subject that we recently submitted to the journal CICINDELA, while Chris and I sat back and gave thumbs up and thumbs down opinions on each iteration of Kent’s hard work.  My heartiest congratulations to Kent for producing such a nice piece of work, to both Kent and Chris for putting up with my obsessive nitpicking over every trifling detail as we readied the manuscript for submission, and to Kelly for lugging a poster halfway across the country in the middle of winter when it didn’t even have her name on it.


MacRae, T. C., C. R. Brown, and K. Fothergill.  2010. Cylindera cursitans: Distribution and Seasonal Occurrence in Southeast Missouri. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, California, December 12-15, 2010.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010

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