The conference was the third iteration of the successful SOTM series. 2016 was held in Tasmania and 2019 in South Africa. SOTM 2023 was being hosted by the University of Florida in Bonita Springs, FL, USA with excursions to the amazingly diverse forest and wetland ecosystems of South Florida. The conference brought together over 200 scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.

Birgitta was a member of the Conference Steering Committee. Together with Anastasia, they heavily promoted the relevant Arctic research, engaged in networking activities with scientists from all over the globe, and hosted Breakout session on One Health and Implications of Species on the Move for human and animal health.

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