Last week Prof. Nadav Shnerb from Bar-Ilan University in Israel visited the lab. This visit was part of a collaboration between our two labs under a recently awarded Singapore–Israel research grant. The purpose of the grant is to allow us to unify and further develop models of ecological community dynamics that incorporate temporal environmental variance. Our two labs have been working independently on these models for the past several years. During Shnerb’s visit last week, we spent many stimulating hours working through mathematics on the whiteboard and engaging in vigorous conceptual discussions. We look forward to a reciprocal visit in the coming year or two.