Blog posts

ForestGEO spotlight series interview

ForestGEO interviewed me for their spotlight series blog. We talk about my career and working with forest dynamic plots.
ForestGEO spotlight series interview

Why do trees abort their offspring, and what are the effects on biodiversity?

Walking around a tropical forest it is not uncommon to come across unripened fruits on the floor. Trees will often abort the development of their offspring if deemed unlikely to reach adulthood as a plant, allowing them to fall and die.
Why do trees abort their offspring, and what are the effects on biodiversity?

Searching for Spring: how to get data from the iNaturalist API in R

iNaturalist is an online community where people can record and share observations. We have been using iNaturalist in our group for student projects. It’s proved a great way to teach how to collect and analyse data while the lab and field have been off-limits.
Searching for Spring: how to get data from the iNaturalist API in R

Microbial pond life in an icy desert

The McMurdo Ice Shelf in Antarctica forms a 50m thick undulating surface of ice floating on the sea. Annual summer thawing of ice and snow causes the formation of thousands of ponds in depressions on the ice.
Microbial pond life in an icy desert