Nancy's first talk addressed her work in desert streams and their past and future response to climate variability. Some of her lab's current work builds on my dissertation research on desert wetlands, which was very exciting to see!
Nancy's second talk focused on funding opportunities at NSF, covering programs as small as supplemental support for high school students to programs as large as the new foundation-wide sustainability initiatives. There are lots of new programs at NSF as well as changes to how proposals and panels are working, so this was really helpful and interesting.
We also got a chance to take Nancy out to the Eno River, which runs through north Durham and eventually in to Falls Lake. The land surrounding the Eno is largely undeveloped, thanks to the Eno River Land Trust, and the Eno River State Park is just beautiful. We spent lots of time talking about floods, vegetation, and nitrogen in rivers; turning over rocks to see mayfly, stonefly and caddisfly larvae; and spooking turtles sunning on boulders and logs. Good times.