I’ve been a bit quiet on the Ecologist’s Diary front for the past few months. I found myself having a light summer field season, which consisted only of a pleasant day trip to collect the 1 year samples for TeaComposition H2O. While I enjoy fieldwork, as an early career researcher, I am noticing that my research is less field-based and is having more and more of a structured feel: field – lab – desk – repeat.
Gesche Blume-Werry talks about recognition and feedback as an early career researcher. Continue reading “Some thoughts on recognition along the way…”
It’s a cold and rainy morning, and I enter NIOO and a new world opens up to me: I am spending the next two months in the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen.
As summer approaches in the UK, it’s time to come out of hibernation (sitting in front of the PC doing data analysis and writing up) and head back out into the field. Continue reading “Ecologist’s Diary with Richard Beason: Into the trees: Getting geared up for fieldwork”
Happy New Year to the Ecologist’s Diary readership! As some of you may also be doing at the turn of a new year, I have been assessing the good, bad and ugly of 2017, while also looking ahead and planning (an incredibly successful) 2018. Launching the TeaComposition H2O initiative was probably largest and most rewarding project I had taken on last year. It has been … Continue reading Ecologist’s Diary In the field for the TeaComposition H2O Initiative: Number Four
Finally, the end of the field-season has also reached me in the temperate peatlands. I’m not yet sure if it’s an advantage or disadvantage, that, after moving from the sub-Arctic to the temperate zone, my field-season is suddenly MUCH longer… Anyway, after a long period of preparation, we were finally ready to install tea- and litterbags in the field for our project about plant biomass … Continue reading Ecologist’s Diary with Gesche Blume-Werry: End-of-season season’s greetings!
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” was a philosophical question posed by George Berkeley to explore various concepts relating to perception; is a sound only a sound if someone hears it, how much can we truly know about the unobserved world and so forth. I’m not looking to start a metaphysics debate (honestly!) but, for me, the answer is decidedly ‘yes, it does’. At least that’s the case if you happen to have an acoustic recorder somewhere in the vicinity of said tree when it falls. Continue reading “Ecologist’s Diary with Richard Beason: If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it… it does make a sound!”
One of the Ecologist’s Diary bloggers had to unfortunately leave us. In Richard Beason we, however, have found a very worthy replacement. Richard will join the team which now consists of himself, Tracy, Gesche, and Rob. I hope you will continue reading their blogs, and give Richard a warm welcome. Below is a little introduction about Richard and his writing plans; looking forward to his posts.
It’s late July, the alpine meadows of the Swiss Alps are in full bloom, and the heat of the summer sun drives a deep sweet smell from the litter of the spruce forest floor as we start our walk up. My friend and colleague Mark leads the way as we move up the tour de Mont Blanc from la Fouly in the Valais, heading for our research site at ~2500m. There, the sun has given rise to abundant flowers, rich meadows, the buzzing of insect and bird life, but still works hard at melting the last of last of the snow. As we reach the site, we are greeted with the familiar, but always astounding, mixture of snowbeds, ridges, meadows, flush wetland, pools and screes of this dynamic and fantastic environment (see picture). Continue reading “Ecologist’s Diary with Rob Mills: Making the most of summer snow”
“The fine roots of perennial plants are a royal pain to study”. Continue reading “Ecologist’s Diary with Gesche Blume-Werry: A royal pain”