All the best quotes that I caught today were undeniably from Ben Bolker, who also gave an interesting talk.
"The hallmark of great theoretical ecology is that it is obvious in hindsight. When you explain it to someone, they say well, of course."
In relation to a philosophical issue: "That's a beer question, not a coffee question".
To explain the reason he and his coauthors chose to build a model to explore the question, Bolker showed a Dilbert cartoon illustrating the truism "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail".
Only one full day left to go, and it looks like it will be a good one!