“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 “InSite/Out with Richard Beason: If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it… it does make a sound!”
One of the Insite/out 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 “InSite/Out with Rob Mills: Making the most of summer snow”
“The fine roots of perennial plants are a royal pain to study”. Continue reading “InSite/Out with Gesche Blume-Werry: A royal pain”
It’s been a while since I’ve touched base about the TeaComposition H2O initiative. To recap, this global initiative aims to understand long-term aquatic decomposition and carbon cycling in seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, tidal marshes, all types of freshwater wetlands as well as lakes, ponds and streams. In using household tea as pseudo-plant litter, we can standardised the starting material, which gives us the power to tease apart the larger-scale drivers that influence decomposition, like climate, inundation and habitat type. Continue reading “Insite/Out with the TeaComposition H2O Initiative: 3”
The TeaComposition H2O initiative aims to understand long-term aquatic decomposition and carbon cycling in seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, tidal marshes, all types of freshwater wetlands as well as lakes, ponds and streams. I’d like to share a little bit this diversity with some photos we have received so far.
This first photos come from teams in Finland and Portugal Continue reading “InSite/Out: In the field for the TeaComposition H2O Initiative 2”
Lately, I have been working on setting up a new (and really fun!) experiment. There is something to say about setting up a new experiment, while one is moving to a new job (‘don’t do it’, for example), but it has been really exciting despite the logistic puzzle.
The longest day is always something to relish, and this year, coincided with sampling in the Cairngorms mountains, Scotland. Continue reading “InSite/Out: Sampling for the Extreme Events in Mountain Soils project: 1”
I have to confess – I don’t like tea.
Well, maybe herbal tea every once in a while. You know, the ginger and lemongrass type.
However, when out in the field, at 30°C and in knee-deep in mangrove hydrogensulphidemudstink, one begins to appreciate the refreshing aroma of green and rooibos tea. Continue reading “InSite/Out: In the field for the TeaComposition H2O Initiative 1”