My poster presentation took place the following afternoon. Two and a half hours of continuous interest and questions showed people`s interest toward manta ray cognition. The title of my poster presentation was `Contingency checking and self directed behavior of captive manta rays: Do fish have self awareness?` co-authored with Dr. Dominic D`Agostino, from the University of South Florida.
Every presentation provided exciting new information and covered many species and research areas. In addition to the overwhelming positive response to the presented findings, potential future collaborations were planned on elasmobranch sensory biology, neuroscience, sample collection and on a future symposium.
|Crazy shark items waiting for crazy scientists.|
Manta Memories items were donated to the AES in order to help raise funds for future student awards.
Of course, as always, the American Elasmobranch Society meeting ended with a fun-filled banquet with live auction and raffle, a great dinner and dancing.
In summary, this conference provided us an excellent way to represent our foundation, present the new scientific findings and meet great scientists who we can hopefully work with in the future.