Tag Archives: Outdoors


Time for a plant portrait of one of my favourite Belgian study species: Impatiens glandulifera, a tall herb with its origin on Himalayan mountain slopes, yet introduced all over the world by humans who fell in love with it. And what’s … Continue reading

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Aliens and their way to the top

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 what we learned from our first trip. This post was published first in a … Continue reading

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Hidden treasures on the campus

When you think about a quest for rare plant species, you might imagine high-spirited adventurers travelling to the ends of the earths on a hunt for tropical flowers hidden in the depths of the jungle. Who might have imagined that … Continue reading

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Summer is upon us! Heaven for a botanist like me, with all shades of green and sparks of color popping up wherever you look. Two consecutive winters of stubborn species studying is now again put to the test, and the results are … Continue reading

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#scienceisalso a campfire to make a hot cup of soup after a long and cold day in the Norwegian mountains. With this hashtag (in Dutch, though, #wetenschapisook), I will be posting all week on the Instagram-account from EOS, our local … Continue reading

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Unexpected bluebells

This time of year, thousands of people are awed by the Purple Forest, the beautiful Hallerbos close to Brussels, with its endless tapestries of bluebells. Tourists come from all over the world, making the romantic scenery suffer more, year after … Continue reading

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This week, I took the train down to Montpellier, in the sunny Meditteranean part of France, to join a conference on Functional Ecology. Here, scientists gather around the common goal of trying to find the ‘how’ in ecology. How do … Continue reading

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