During my field work in the Stirling Ranges in November – December last year, I collected about 950 flower-visiting insects. Since then, the insects were kept in the freezer in the ERIE group at the School of Plant Biology (University of Western Australia) waiting for further processing. This February, I went back to Perth to … More Entomological humour
Although, my undergraduate studies finished more than two years ago, I have been able to harvest the fruits of this labour until now.* Yesterday, Ecology Letters published our paper on the determinants of modularity in frugivore-plant interaction networks here. Modularity describes the degree of sub-structures within a community. Interaction networks of frugivores and plants often show … More Current climate influences the modular structure of interaction networks
These pages haven’t seen much activity for the last 5 months. One reason was my travels to two overseas conferences – I probably should have written a post about it. Another trip to the Murray Sunset National Park where I helped my friend and desk-neighbour Freya Thomas, would have also served as a great visual … More #SRNP13
Following Chris’s example, I will publish a series of posts about birds in Melbourne. This one is supposed to be an introduction to urban bird life in Melbourne. The following birds are either the most common city birds or they just happened to be around, when I had my camera on hand. Enjoy!
Ta-Da there it is, my first published piece of science. Together with Laura Längsfeld, I am the first author of “Constant properties of plant-frugivore networks despite fluctuations in fruit and bird communities.” , which appeared two days ago as a preprint in Ecology. The paper is based on the findings of our theses, which we did … More It’s publication time
In the southern hemisphere December is not such a reflective and peaceful time of the year as it is in northern parts of the world. Instead it is called the “silly season” and with days over 40ºC, there is not much else you can do than hit the beach and fling yourself into the refreshing … More It’s field season time
Yesterday, at the MUBoGS* mini conference, I gave my first 3 minute talk. There were about 40 talks and they exhibited an interesting cross section through all presentation styles: some were read out, some were presented without notes, some were topic specific, some were directed to a wider audience, some were experimental. Talks generally seemed to … More 3 minute talks