Tag Archives: Forests

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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Microclimate ecology and biogeography

It’s one thing to have a great database. It’s a second one to put it to good use. The data is there, our SoilTemp-database for example has accumulated over 7500 loggers from all over the world now, and contributions are … Continue reading

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Death is life

Halloween has passed, with rain and wind and falling autumn leaves. And all over the forest: the very spooky ‘consumers of the death’, the creatures of the dark soils feasting on what has fallen: the saprotrophs and detritivores. What better … Continue reading

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European tree species in decline

Close to half of Europese tree species are threatened, according to a recent report by the IUCN, the groupin charge of the so-called ‘species red lists’. Causes of this dramatic number? Ongoing forest cutting of course. Yet, most importantly and … Continue reading

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Collective science is the best science

When scientists (or people in general) work together, magic happens. I am a dedicated advocate of that policy: if a lot of people all do a little bit of work, the level of interest of the results skyrockets. I was … Continue reading

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Autumn

  In autumn, leaves rapidly loose photosynthetic efficiency when chlorophyll is broken down, which reflects in their levels of chlorophyll fluorescence. This breaking down of chlorophyll is a patchy process, however, with increasing variation in fluorescence levels when leaves start … Continue reading

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