Manuela Abelho

Manuela Abelho: fallen leaves and feeding streams

Manuela Abelho
Manuela Abelho

The journey is as important as the destination:  autumn-leaves as the main food source for stream communities

In this Insight, Manuela Abelho discusses her recent paper, Litter movement pathways across terrestrial–aquatic ecosystem boundaries affect litter colonization and decomposition in streams.

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Francois-Xavier Joly: decomposition, detritivores and filling in the gaps.

FXJolyDr Francois-Xavier Joly  is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He was recently shortlisted for Functional Ecology’s Haldane Prize for Early Career Researchers.

 In this Insight, he talks about his shortlisted paper, Litter conversion into detritivore faeces reshuffles the quality control over C and N dynamics during decomposition, as well the best – and worst – parts of being an ecologist.

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Ecologist’s Diary: In the field for the TeaComposition H2O Initiative 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 “Ecologist’s Diary: In the field for the TeaComposition H2O Initiative 1”