Since a couple of years, I have gotten quite interested in the effects of artificial light at night, especially on plant-mediated interactions. This interest was mostly sparked by many kitchen table conversations with my friend and former house mate Davide, who has studied effects of light at night on bird behaviour for many years. ItContinue reading “A dark place”
Monthly Archives: May 2021
Four is a good number
One thing that keeps coming back to me, over and over again, is the set of ‘unwritten rules’ in academia. Or maybe let’s call them guidelines. They’re more like rumours, really. I have heard them before I started my PhD. Then, from others, during my PhD, and now, since a while, I hear them inContinue reading “Four is a good number”
It’s the strangest thing. With every ecological experiment that I have done, I felt a bit of emptiness inside after finishing it. I just drove back from our new field site in Jena to Freising. Driving 80 kmh it took us a good 7 hours tomget back. It didn’t help that there were a coupleContinue reading “The void”
An orchid trip
To celebrate our finishing our field experiment, we had a lovely outdoor Iranian lunch prepared by my colleague Nafiseh (who’s Iranian, hence the Iranian lunch). After this celebratory lunch we went out on an orchid-spotting trip with my boss’s partner Bea, who turned out to be an excellent orchid tour guide. Now I know veryContinue reading “An orchid trip”
Not much text for today, because sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words! Too tired to write.
Camping in The Jena Experiment
This morning I packed my Tansy plants in a rental trailer, loaded up the Nugg with food, clothes and family, and drove off to Jena. As the rental trailer limited our speed to 80 kmh, we took about four and a half hours to reach or destination – The Jena Experiment – where our newContinue reading “Camping in The Jena Experiment”
What the hell is wrong with the German weather forecast? When I lived in The Netherlands, the weather forecast was reasonably reliable. Forecasts where pretty close to what was to be expected and I could usually check a few days in advance if weather would be good, bad, ugly or pretty. Maybe it was becauseContinue reading “Unpredictable”
Everyone’s the devil!
I was considering writing a long rant about how some people really can find bad intentions in every single sentence. Some people are really blinded by negativity and believe in the conspiracy that everyone is against them. Today, a well-meant remark of mine – on a subject I deeply care about – was somehow bentContinue reading “Everyone’s the devil!”
Today it is Ascension Day – a day that we of course all well know for, well, whatever. I wasn’t raised Christian, so to be honest I couldn’t care less what it is known for. It is a public holiday (at least in Germany and The Netherlands), which means I get to spend the dayContinue reading “Daddy issues”
To be honest…
Is being too honest a possibility? I have heard quite often that the Dutch are too direct, or too honest. Especially now that I no longer live in the land of the overly honest, I have noticed that there are some differences, and that they are sometimes more than just subtle. When I just startedContinue reading “To be honest…”