Studying mammals in Chile, remembering CEED retreats and beautiful Queensland locations.

Luis Darce Cerde Arregoitia introI joined CEED in 2011 as a PhD student in Kerrie Wilson’s lab. The constant exposure to quality collaborative science at the regular seminars, lab meetings and social events was always motivating.

The group retreats were my fondest memories. Not only because of the great bonding experience with my colleagues but the brainstorming discussions in beautiful south-east Queensland locations, which led to new projects and publications.

After graduating, I was awarded a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Natural History Museum in Bern, Switzerland.

Now, I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Instituto de Ciencias Ambientales y Evolutivas, Universidad Austral de Chile – where I continue to study the ecology, evolution and conservation of mammals.

Being part of CEED was a unique experience I will never forget. The dynamic environment was stimulating, but not overwhelming, and I have yet to experience it elsewhere.

- Dr Luis Verde Arregoitia