Tag Archives: Disturbance

Road effects

5 years later, we are getting ready for a re-survey of our longterm observational plots along the roads in the Norwegian mountains. The perfect moment to summarize for a second what we learned from our first trip. This post was published … Continue reading

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Nature disturbs

A few posts ago, I talked about how humans disturb nature. I might have made it look like disturbance is a typical human thing, and mostly bad for nature. Yet nothing is further from the truth. Disturbance is extremely natural, … Continue reading

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Knotted

Recently, I have been giving more thoughts to the human influence on nature in our own country. When walking through Flanders, it soon gets obvious that humans are everywhere. Even more, it is clear that the pure, undisturbed nature is gone … Continue reading

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Happy International Mountain Day!

Today – the 11th of December – is International Mountain Day, the yearly celebration of mountains since 2003. A day on which we try to increase awareness for the importance of mountains for all life on earth. A day to … Continue reading

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A small-scale dilemma

New paper published: Lembrechts, Milbau and Nijs (2015) AoB Plants. Disturbance is important in ecology. It disrupts the status quo, improves the diversity, adds to the possibilities. It creates opportunities and disables others. As such, it is a driver of … Continue reading

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Gods of the meadow

On a misty autumn morning, while I was roaming through Flanders fields, I met some very fierce-looking sheep. The look on their face, combined with the atmosphere created by the autumn fog, made me chuckle: they looked very smug and … Continue reading

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The blanket removed

Earlier, I was so positive about the effects of snow on my little plants trying to survive the colds of winter. How the white blanket would protect them against the unbearable frost outside. The benefits from this free winter protection however seem … Continue reading

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