Tag Archives: Conservation

A small-scale dilemma

New paper published: Lembrechts, Milbau and Nijs (2015) AoB Plants. Disturbance is important in ecology. It disrupts the status quo, improves the diversity, adds to the possibilities. It creates opportunities and disables others. As such, it is a driver of … Continue reading

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The proof we needed

Good news for those ecologists studying species distributions: it turns out that the climatic niche of mountain plants is fairly conserved in space (Wasof et al. 2015). These results come from a study on the distribution of alpine species in the European … Continue reading

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Gods of the meadow

On a misty autumn morning, while I was roaming through Flanders fields, I met some very fierce-looking sheep. The look on their face, combined with the atmosphere created by the autumn fog, made me chuckle: they looked very smug and … Continue reading

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Above the polar circle – old and new

Mountain ecologist Jonas Lembrechts spent ten intense fieldwork days above the polar circle in Sweden and Norway, where he follows non-native plant species and their spread in the mountains. This post appears in a serie on this expedition. The story … Continue reading

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Residing at the castle

They provide a beautiful example of a marriage between nature and culture, between history and conservation: castle parks. I realised this more than ever earlier this week, when I (almost accidentally) stumbled upon a beautiful little park with the ruins of … Continue reading

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That’s invasive!

Science has to keep up with the rest of society, in order to stay meaningful. Luckily, science is all about innovating, so the good ideas are plentiful. Through the ‘Empowering biodiversity research’ conference in Brussels, Belgium, where big datasets in … Continue reading

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