I divided my time between learning two zebrafish IBM that could potentially be used. The first half of my secondment was spent learning the IBM, which is more lifecycle oriented. Susanna (ESR 13) helped me out with this. I met with her several times to discuss all model-related matters.
Since IBM-lifecycle does not take bioenergetic inputs, the endpoints I have been using in my experiments. Therefore, I chose the other model, IBM- Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) which I learnt in the second half of secondment with the help of Niamh (ESR 9). She assisted me in better understanding the DEB and how to extrapolate laboratory results from individual species into population structure.
Sheffield is a multicultural city that is extremely welcoming to students, and I thoroughly enjoyed my secondment there.