Some silly bird

Write about your first name: its meaning, significance, etymology, etc. WordPress made it pretty horrible to use their app. It kept prompting me to a Jetpack app download with pretty much every click in the app. I got so annoyed that I succumbed quickly and downloaded this new stupid app they kept bringing up. IContinue reading “Some silly bird”

Time for a transition

Over the past couple of months I’ve been running an ecological experiment investigating the effects of artificial light at night on plant growth and phenology. Some effects were clearly visible in flowering phenology of two of the three species. Especially yarrow plants flowered much earlier, and in larger numbers, under artificial light than with darkContinue reading “Time for a transition”

The academic hoolahoop

After finishing undergraduate studies, the academic career track is typically characterized by a number of steps – hurdles, hoops, whatever – that need to be fulfilled, taken or jumped through in order to establish yourself in the system. Hopefully, if you do all these things right, and have the luck of being in the rightContinue reading “The academic hoolahoop”

High German

We found out today that yesterday’s rip-off campsite was only a mild one. This afternoon we visited Zugspitze. We can literally see Zugspitze from our living room, so this was something that had been on my list for a while. In better days in the past I would probably have enjoyed hiking and climbing it,Continue reading “High German”

Ripped off for views

Today we had the great idea to take the camper van for a ride. It had been a while since the last time we went to the Alps. Well, maybe not that long, but as December was mostly occupied by the whole family being ill and a move, we barely remembered. Anyway. Time to roll.Continue reading “Ripped off for views”

Spot the differences

Some mild science for today’s blog. One of my core research subjects in ecology is the investigation of how light pollution by artificial light at night affects plants, and how this may affect whatever is feeding on the plant. It’s still a bit of a niche area, and there’s not too much going on inContinue reading “Spot the differences”

Someone’s being dishonest…

As I blog, I always like to see how my posts are doing. To me, reaching people is part of why I write. One of the reasons I started this blog, is because I used to be very worried about what people would think when I voiced my opinion. I figured that a daily blog,Continue reading “Someone’s being dishonest…”