Nature has some great articles about dragons, that I came across lately. They are old, and probably well known. But I wanted to list them here anyway.
The first one by Hamilton, May and Waters is a warning that with climate change, the conditions for dragon breeding are rapidly reaching ideal conditions. And they are warning that the „Third Stir“ might take place soon.
The second article I came across is on the ecology of dragons by May. It is about the ecology and origin of dragons and why they might have gone extinct.
Hamilton, A., May, R. & Waters, E. Here be dragons. Nature520, 42–43 (2015) doi:10.1038/520042a.
May, R. M. (1976). The ecology of dragons. Nature, 264(5581), 16.
This week, I was in the field to train two students and find potential new field sites. The training was successfully done in decent weather, a mix of sun and clouds. But when we started to walk up the mountain, the snow came. It was snowing and hailing and raining, all in one.
We found a beautiful summer farm, where I will have one of my field sites. It even has a letter box, where hikers can write their names when walking up the mountain.
I’ll have to come back to select the sites properly, set up plots. And then I will spend a lot of time staring at the plants. Looking forward to this!
A new study from Poore & Nemecek shows the carbon footprint of our diet. BBC’s has made a tool, where you can check the carbon footprint calculator for what you eat. Not surprisingly, reducing meat and diary products reduces your environmental impact most (Poore & Nemecek, Science, 2018).
A couple of weeks ago, I went to the field for the first time in the THREE-D project. In this project, we want to disentangle the impact of different global change drivers on biodiversity and the carbon cycle. We need to select new sites and set up the whole experiment this summer in western Norway and eastern Himalaya in China.
This first round was to set up grazing exclosures. We want to get and estimate of the grazing intensity along the elevational gradients, to know how much biomass is removed over the growing season. For this, we put up metal cages, that will exclude large herbivores and this will be compared with control plots without cages. The biomass in these plots will be harvested, dried and weighed. A master student will work on this project in Norway this summer.