Science Communication – where to start…

Science communication and outreach – does it fill you with excitement or impending dread? For some the chance to get out there and talk to the public about their science is exhilarating, while for others sounds like hard work! So for the SciComm enthusiasts and reluctant volunteers here are my favourite national schemes to get … More Science Communication – where to start…

Supervisor meetings – top tips for distance students

1 – How often to meet? Organising meetings with supervisors as a distance can be tricky – diaries can be difficult to line up and find a convenient time, especially when you have a large supervisory team. The frequency of meetings will depend on the availability of your supervisors, what stage your work is at … More Supervisor meetings – top tips for distance students

Long story short

This week was the BES Plant Soil Ecosystem SIG and Ecological Continuation Trust (ECT) joint meeting, looking at long term ecological studies and their value in understanding the function of a range of ecosystems. I’ve put together a list of the long term studies that stood out to me during the meeting here: Raindrop This … More Long story short

Up, up and away!

How do we produce enough food to feed the world whilst limiting our impact on the environment? One of the innovative solutions put forward is vertical farming… What is vertical farming? In the last decade there has been an increase in schemes trialling and producing crops using vertical farming across the world. Many schemes are … More Up, up and away!

Reindeer, plastic and fish – SEECC 2019

This week was the Scottish Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Conference (SEECC) conference in Glasgow. I went along to give a presentation but also learn about the fantastic range of student research taking place across Scotland. Day 1 started with a great keynote by Lucy Peters about the genetic basis of reindeer antler morphology on Rum. … More Reindeer, plastic and fish – SEECC 2019

Eye in the sky for crop stress

Plants experience stress in response to changes in the environment including drought, heat, pests and diseases (see my blog post about plant stresses). When plants experience extreme stress it can be relatively easy to detect. Wilting can indicate drought and heat stress, yellowing of leaves can suggest nutrient deficiency, whilst browning of leaves can indicate … More Eye in the sky for crop stress

What is a trait?

Plants have historically been categorised taxonomically, based on how closely related species are to each other based on physical characteristics. This approach has been used for hundreds of years but does it give a lot of useful information? Increasingly plants have been categoriseed based on their traits – morphological, physiological, phenological or behavioural characteristics that … More What is a trait?