This Saturday (July 23) I’ll be leaving for the Tenth International Symposium on Littorinid Biology and Evolution in St. Petersburg, Russia. Littorina is a genus of marine snail, and although I don’t work on snails, I collaborate with Spanish colleagues on questions of speciation in the group. I’m scheduled to give the final talk, on the relationship between biogeography and speciation. How could one ever turn down an invitation to St. Petersburg? And it will be my first visit to Russia.
As usual, Greg Mayer and Matthew Cobb will be posting in my absence, but entries may be sporadic because it’s summer and because Matthew is writing a book on the liberation of Paris. I’m bringing my camera, computer, and connection cord, so I’ll try to post pictures of my peregrinations.
I’m taking a few days after the meetings to see the city, and will return to Chicago August 3. If any readers have experience of the city, and can recommend things to see or places to eat (I already bought my ticket to the Hermitage), I’d be grateful for suggestions.