It was a short visit to an amazing country, but I managed to make the absolute most out of it. I visited Philadelphia on the east coast in between flights and visited the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains in a dry Californian summer.
I even gave a good presentation, met tons of wonderful colleagues and became friends with the bloggers over at BioDiverse Perspective.
A whole list of reasons to call my visit to the USA a big success.
We (my colleagues from the MIREN-network) also monitor two mountain regions in the USA, one in Oregon and one in Montana. This data is included in our global models of plant invasion in the mountains.