Category Archives: France

Plants do fly

At the Functional Ecology conference in Montpellier (see earlier posts), several times I heard the saying that plants cannot fly and as such have a significant limitation compared to other organisms. Yet I strongly disagree with that saying, no matter how … Continue reading

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Montpellier

A post on the Functional Ecology conference in Montpellier, organised by AnaEE France. Montpellier, the city that opened up the views on the interesting topic of functional ecology (the theme of the 3-day conference I attended here this week). A … Continue reading

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Functional

This week, I took the train down to Montpellier, in the sunny Meditteranean part of France, to join a conference on Functional Ecology. Here, scientists gather around the common goal of trying to find the ‘how’ in ecology. How do … Continue reading

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Lessons from history

The Celts had been there. The Romans. Napoleon III. Soldiers had built stairs there for the German emperor. Century after century, people had climbed Le Grand Donon to overlook the world. It had made for a mythical place, one where … Continue reading

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Microclimate!

It is that time of the year again: when the weather nicely reveals the effect of microclimate on the landscape. If the world gets covered in a thin layer of snow, we can quickly see which spots are colder than … Continue reading

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On top of the world

It is nice when the world reminds me again of why I called this blog ‘On top of the world’ in the first place. It is this amazing thrill of climbing a mountain, working your way to the top, taking in … Continue reading

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