A dark place

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”

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”

Teaching ecology in China

As part of my teaching, I offer so-called ‘projects’ to students that are interested in the work I do. Projects are basically semester-long student projects that can be part of longer-term research, or can be something tailor-made for the students. The idea is that students get to think about a subject, formulate hypotheses or researchContinue reading “Teaching ecology in China”

Green thumbs

In October, I started prep work for a field experiment that was planned to take place this field (spring and summer) season. It was supposed to be something small, merely to help out a new PhD candidate that we had selected, so she could arrange contractual stuff, and she would not experience delays because ofContinue reading “Green thumbs”

Celebrate the victories!

I feel absolutely exhausted today – but in a good way! We harvested an experiment that my team has worked on over the past months. Our abiotic treatments included a soil moisture gradient and an heatwave. To maintain the moisture gradient our plants were watered on a balance every day. All 320 of them. WeContinue reading “Celebrate the victories!”