Tag Archives: Science

The final countdown

Quietly and virtually unnoticed, this PhD entered its last year. For over 4 years (5 if you include my master thesis project), I have been working on the story of moving plants. Those readers following the blog from the start, … Continue reading

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Autumn

  In autumn, leaves rapidly loose photosynthetic efficiency when chlorophyll is broken down, which reflects in their levels of chlorophyll fluorescence. This breaking down of chlorophyll is a patchy process, however, with increasing variation in fluorescence levels when leaves start … Continue reading

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An easy solution to a complicated issue

Biodiversity is important. That is a fact, and it would take a fool to deny it. Yet how important is it exactly? How much does it matter how many species an ecosystem has, or which? Ecologists have been searching for … Continue reading

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A visit to the south

Today, we spent the day in Gembloux, in the southern part of Belgium. A cosy little city with a beautiful university. While the always-welcoming feel of the south made it feel like a holiday, it was far from that: we’re … Continue reading

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Lab-time

More than ever, we will be spending time in the lab this autumn. Finally, the big step has been made: we are digging belowground! It had been high on my wishlist for a long time, but besides a few interesting … Continue reading

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Biology Research Day

The study of biology at the University of Antwerp is surprisingly diverse. With research groups covering all scales, from the smallest cell to the largest ecosystem, and all aspects of biology, from behavioral ecology till molecular physiology, the department can … Continue reading

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Worth it

Just imagine: your commute to your office includes a one hour drive, followed by a six kilometer hike with a 600 meter elevation increase. Two hours of consecutive hiking, if you follow a decent pace. And then your office day … Continue reading

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