Category Archives: Science

The virtual lab in lockdown

We are all at home, unfortunately. That means: reduced social interactions, much less scientific discussion, and the loss of the support system of colleagues and friends. It’s tough for all. Luckily, our virtual lab has some experience with running remotely, … Continue reading

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The holy trinity of global change ecology

A few weeks ago, the journal Annals of Botany asked me to write a commentary pieceon a new paper coming out on the effect of climate change on grass species on a subantarctic island. An intriguing paper, as they compared … Continue reading

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Same data – different analysts

So here is an important question: if you give the same dataset to different scientists, will the outcomes be the same? This question is not trivial. It’s actually one of the most important assumptions in the way we currently do … Continue reading

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SoilTemp: a database of near-surface temperatures

Let me tell you something important – which won’t be a surprise to regular followers of this blog: weather station data doesn’t do the trick for ecologists. It is just too different from the climate as experienced by most organisms, … Continue reading

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The coronavirus microclimate

For us scientists, it is tempting to throw our expertise into the fight against COVID-19. For spatial ecologists, this often means: predicting the risk of spread of the virus based on species distribution models, trying to identify its climatic niche … Continue reading

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Is the coronavirus good news for the climate?

Guest post by Sara Vicca (UA, dept. Biologie), Ann Crabbé (UA, dept. Sociologie) and Steven Van Passel (UA, FBE). This blog appeared earlier in Dutch on http://www.globalchangeecology.blog and in English on http://www.scientists4climate.be. Translated by Jonas Lembrechts with DeepL. Is the coronavirus good … Continue reading

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Knowledge synthesis communities as the answer?

Another guest post from 3DLab-member Ronja Wedegärtner on how we can do better science in these times of global change, and include the whole of society from the start. We are producing much science, but not using it effectively enough … Continue reading

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