Human alterations to the physical characteristics of water bodies – their shape, course, bed and banks – are common across Europe. Such ‘hydromorphological’ alterations may be the result of flood protection needs, navigation, urban development, abstraction demands or water storage.
Hydromorphological alterations due to water storage – for example, hydroelectricity generation, agricultural irrigation and public water supplies – are particularly widespread, and many of the affected water bodies have been designated as ‘heavily modified‘ by the Water Framework Directive (WFD). As a result, effective...Read the full article.
Scientists—and indeed scholars in any field—often have to choose how wide a net to cast when attempting to define a concept, estimate some quantity of interest, or evaluate some hypothesis. Is it useful to define “ecosystem engineering” broadly so as to include any and all effects of living organisms on their physical environments, or does that amount to comparing apples and oranges?* Should your meta-analysis of [ecological topic] include or exclude studies of human-impacted sites? Can microcosms and mesocosms be compared to natural systems (e.g., Smith et al. 2005), or are they too artificial? As a non-ecological example that I and probably many of you are worrying about these days, are there any good historical precedents for Donald Trump...Read the full article.
The letter has set the clock ticking on a two year period of negotiation as the UK and the EU thrash out the terms of our departure. While this window can be extended by unanimous approval, if negotiations remain on track, by the end of March 2019, the UK will no longer be a member of the EU.
In the words of Brexit Secretary David Davis, the UK is “on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country in a generation”. The withdrawal negotiations will cover a huge amount of ground, from the cost of the “divorce bill” to the terms of any new trade deal, and the extent of our future access to EU programmes. So what happens now? How will it affect science and the environment? And how will we be engaging with this process?
Science: maintaining collaboration and access...Read the full article.
By: Dr Tancredi Caruso, School of Biological Sciences and Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University of Belfast
A handsome mite.
Image by: Ed Reynolds
In the past, worldwide and across cultures people knew that soil plays a critical role in supporting our life cycle. In modern urban environments, too many still think that soil is just dirt. Ed Reynolds, an artist supported by the Leverhulme Trust, and I (a soil ecologist) will be trying to overturn that view to show the kaleidoscopic beauty of the biological universe called soil. We believe that art is the key to make people aware of the beauty and importance of soil biodiversity in our life. We will soon exhibit our work in Belfast: on 1st and 22nd of April 2017 we will have two events taking place respectively at the Ulster Museum and the Girdwood Hub in...Read the full article.
Harper Prize: Martina Treurnicht (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Environmental drivers of demographic variation across the global geographical range of 26 plant species
Southwood Prize: Michael Becker (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Sixty-year legacy of human impacts on a high Arctic ecosystem
Haldane Prize: ...Read the full article.
Here are the results of the quick poll I did last week related to whether figures should be placed in line or at the end of a manuscript. I prefer having the figures at the end of a manuscript (because this way I know where to find figures that are referred to multiple times), but I suspected I was in the minority. That suspicion was correct. Below, I also give results of where people want their figure legends placed: almost everyone wants the legend on the same page as the figure itself.
There was a preference for having figures in line for all of the career stage groupings (current PhD students, people who got their PhDs within the past 1 to 10 years, people who got their PhDs more than 10 years ago, and people who are not students and do not have PhDs). However, as I guessed would be the case, this preference was stronger for current grad students than for...Read the full article.