Author Archives: lembrechtsjonas

Exotic plant species thrive at high(er) elevations

Sometimes one needs patience to answer a research question. Lots of it. The Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN) already asked itself this important question back in 2006: how fast are non-native species travelling uphill along mountain roads? Now it’s 2023, … Continue reading

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The mystery of the Dark and Light Beetles on Possession Island

New paper out! Espel, D.; Coux, C.; Pertierra, L.R.; Eymar-Dauphin, P.; Lembrechts, J.J.; Renault, D. Functional Niche Partitioning Occurs over Body Size but Not Nutrient Reserves nor Melanism in a Polar Carabid Beetle along an Altitudinal Gradient. Insects 2023, 14, 123. The southern … Continue reading

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A robot as co-author

Ok, I’ll bite. The internet is literally full of fancy people jumping on the bandwagon called ‘ChatGPT’. The amount of lists I’ve seen floating by with ‘you are only using 1% of ChatGPTs full potential’ or ‘this is how I … Continue reading

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Database progress

Last week, we bid farewell to Amber, a bittersweet goodbye that marks the end of a successful chapter in our ‘SoilTemp’ project. Yet it also provides closure to a very good story, as you’ll see. Amber joined us as a … Continue reading

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Battling my emails

I started tracking my time at work in detail at the start of my postdoc in 2018, using the amazing app ‘Timeular’. This series of stories provides some insights into postdoc life using that data. A traumatizing aspect of academia … Continue reading

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Hitchhiking mountain roads and trails

The Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN) has made itself ‘world famous’ through its protocol for the long-term monitoring of vegetation along mountain roads. We even got a recent publication dedicated in its entirety to that protocol! However, mountains – and … Continue reading

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