It was a pleasure to attend this year's Evolution Conference which hosted over 2,000 attendees at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland. Highlights included talks on avian genetics research predicting climate-change adaptation from Smith lab at UCLA, new techniques in SNP genotyping like GT-seq , and the conservation genetics success story of the Pinzon Tortoise head-start program. The atmosphere was invigorating and it was an honor to be a part of this renowned community. I presented a poster on the population genetics study of the 'Akē'akē Project, using methods of RADseq in pooled populations by nesting island. I received great feedback and support for my project and was able to share the importance of the conservation of Hawaiian seabirds, like the endangered Band-rumped Storm Petrel, to a global audience. Big mahalo for all the support!