Category Archives: General

One protocol to track them all

It was the year 2005. A group of mountain ecologists gathered in Vienna, Austria, for what would turn out to be an appointment with history. Their topic? Plant invasions in mountains! A consensus was soon reached that there was an … Continue reading

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The Light Fantastic: Summoning Ghosts from the Past

Cutting-edge modern technology has brought us so far that scientists can now find ghostly prints from former human activities with breath-taking accuracy. Ghosts from the past, that is, and that modern technology is called LiDAR (light detection and ranging). LiDAR … Continue reading

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The TMS-Pluche

Consider development of microclimate sensors a closed and finished field: the ultimate product is now on the market! Thanks to the partner of our colleague Stijn, I got the most beautiful pluche version of a TMS-version, which we immediately bombarded … Continue reading

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Non-natives at the end of the world

The Crozet archipelago. A few tiny specks in a vast ocean, ‘on the road’ from South Africa to Antarctica. A tough climate, inhabitants limited to a bunch of winter-hardy researchers and the occasional seabird. But also: Poa annua, the common … Continue reading

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Fieldwork preparations

Hot summer day in the heathlands of Kalmthout, north of Antwerp, last week. With a team of two PhD students and four master students, we had a trial fieldwork day for this summer in northern Sweden. Trying out vegetation surveys, … Continue reading

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And we are live!

There we go, today marks the official launch of CurieuzeNeuzen in de Tuin, the day on which 4500 microclimate sensors pop up across Flanders! You can take a look at their distribution on this map here. These are scary and … Continue reading

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